Kumnooh: arts guide for Cambodia, week commencing 4 April 2017

Greetings,

Tonight, Tuesday 4, Java Independence hosts Curbing Entropy, an artist talk (in English) with John Kenneth Melvin, an American born multi‐disciplinary artist. “John is currently launching a new project, Curbing Entropy, in Siem Reap in collaboration with the 1961 space and surrounding communities. Together they are working with recovered, defective, or used plastic bottles from local factories and community collection points, to create a site-specific installation.” 6.30 pm start.
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On Wednesday 5 at 6 pm, Sa Sa Art Projects at the White Building hosts an artist talk (In English with Khmer translation) by Singaporean artist Chu Hao Pei. “Hao Pei’s works examine the loss, or potential loss, of nature and cultural heritage as a tactic to draw attention to wider issues of environmental and cultural loss.”
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Also on Wednesday 5, at 6.15 pm, an AfterWork Workshop at N o w h e r e art studio/gallery: Basics of Calligraphy with Xavier Dupré.
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On Thursday 6, at 6.30 pm, the French Institute presents Bodies in motion with dancer Noun Sovitou. “Evoking gender and religious issues, his choreography unfurls through the experimentation in the motion of bodies thrown against the contradictions of reality. Here, everything co-exist and anchors itself to the very depths of the being. Black and white, love and hate, good and evil.”   $10/$5.
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On Friday 7 at the National Museum, the opening of reBIRTH reVITALISE reGENERATION, an exhibition by an informal collective of Cambodian contemporary artists to illustrate what a National Art Gallery might look like. “Works by masters and those who they have mentored will be displayed side-by-side, two generations of artists vividly exploring the resonant themes that recur in Cambodian contemporary art – the redrawing of society, the plight of the environment, the strengths of home and family, the vitality of life – in the first step in a campaign to create a collection to inspire the generation coming.” The 15 artists to be exhibited are Chan Vitharin, Chhan Dina, Chuop Sopheak, Chhim Sothy, Em Riem, Heng Monyphal, Leang Seckon, Nou Sary, Ouk Chimvichet, Ouk Socheathy, Prom Vichet, Sam Sophonn, Sous Sodavy, Soeung Vannara, and Tith Veasna. Official opening 6 pm, public from 7 pm.

On Saturday 8, N o w h e r e art studio/gallery is holding Muy Dollar Portrait day – $1 for a quick portrait of the subject of your choice. Morning and afternoon sessions.
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Saturday 8 at Meta House, Xover, an electronic sound and visual performance by tourist performer Danilo Casti, using glitch, drone, noise and field recordings. “Xover is a mixture between digital and analogue sounds, between programming and circuit bending, between no-idiomatic shapes and abstract sound objects.” 9 pm start.
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On Sunday 9, N o w h e r e art studio/gallery is holding a workshop: rubberstamping for beginners. 1 pm start.
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On Sunday 9 Khmer Architecture Tours presents central Phnom Penh by cyclo. 8.30 am start, reservations essential.
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After a brief hiatus, Drink and Draw returns to Show Box on Sunday 9 at 7 pm. $3 gets you two hours with a life model. BYO materials.
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For a more rock’n’roll musical flavour of Phnom Penh, make sure you follow weekly gig guide LengPleng.com as well.

Fabian Hipp

Kumnooh
fabianhipp@kumnooh.com

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In brief: new and returning…


Tuesday 4, 6.30 pm, Java Independence hosts Curbing Entropy, an artist talk with John Kenneth Melvin, an American born multi‐disciplinary artist.
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Wednesday 5, 6 pm, Sa Sa Art Projects at the White Building hosts an artist talk by Singaporean artist Chu Hao Pei.
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Wednesday 5, 6.15 pm, an AfterWork Workshop at N o w h e r e art studio/gallery: Basics of Calligraphy with Xavier Dupré.
More info

Thursday 6, 6.30 pm, the French Institute presents Bodies in motion with dancer Noun Sovitou. $10/$5.
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Friday 7, 6 pm at the National Museum, the opening of reBIRTH reVITALISE reGENERATION, an exhibition by an informal collective of Cambodian contemporary artists to illustrate what a National Art Gallery might look like. Featuring Chan Vitharin, Chhan Dina, Chuop Sopheak, Chhim Sothy, Em Riem, Heng Monyphal, Leang Seckon, Nou Sary, Ouk Chimvichet, Ouk Socheathy, Prom Vichet, Sam Sophonn, Sous Sodavy, Soeung Vannara, and Tith Veasna.

Saturday 8, 11 – 2 pm, 3 – 5pm, N o w h e r e art studio/gallery is holding Muy Dollar Portrait day.
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Saturday 8, 9 pm at Meta House, Xover, an electronic sound and visual performance by tourist performer Danilo Casti, using glitch, drone, noise and field recordings.
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Sunday 9, 1 pm, N o w h e r e art studio/gallery is holding a workshop: rubberstamping for beginners.
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Sunday 9, 8.30 am, Khmer Architecture Tours presents central Phnom Penh by cyclo. Reservations essential.
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Sunday 9, 7 pm, Drink and Draw at Show Box. BYO materials.
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Ongoing….


Every Tuesday and Thursday at 6.30 pm, Bophana Center presents Cine Soiree, an evening of film and discussion. Programme changes every week, across a wide range of cinema experiences.
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Every third Wednesday, 7.30 pm at The Harbour in Siem Reap, the Spoken Arts night invites writers and readers to share.
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Every Saturday morning at 10 am Coin Café presents free apsara dance classes for children.
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The Phnom Penh Writers Workshop holds events every second Sunday afternoon for Phnom Penh writers who are interested in discussion and critique of their works in progress. If you would like to be involved, please contact Claire (clairemarchantcollier [ @ ] gmail.com or John john.christopher.brown [ @ ] gmail.com.

The Asia Foundation Community Art Gallery (St 242) presents Waterworks, an installation by Phe Sophon. “Sophon fuses plastic water bottles together into larger than life water drops, elliptical shapes and flowing vessels echoing argyle-esque motifs awoken from Khmer script.”
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At The Plantation, Wednesday 29, Hospitality, an exhibition by the Yamada School of Art. “Hospitality? “The shade of the forest after hard work in the sun.” “The blue and green pool of an urban resort. “A sleeping beauty seen from above, relaxed and safe.” “A piano awaiting someone to sit in front of it and play.” “The visual gift of the world from a hotel room”… 9 young Khmer artists and their tutor in a stimulating art show.”
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Bophana Centre presents the opening of Phnom Penh Before the Fall: Snapshots from a Beseiged City, an exhibition by Colin Grafton made up of photographs from the city in 1975. From 6.30 pm.
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At Meta House an exhibition, Polish Women With Dyed Red Hair by American photographer Jeremiah Overman.
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Cloud presents At the market, an exhibition by Svenja Burgwinkel, a German photographer living in Phnom Penh, inspired by Phnom Penh markets Psar Orussey, Psar Thmei and Psar Chas.
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Java Café Independence presents The Object(s) of Collecting, a exhibition made up of items from the collections of Cambodian arts collectors “to share their love, passion, taste, and their (hi)stories […] promoting collectorship, patronage, and art appreciation.”
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Meta House hosts People in the City, a new exhibition by German photographer Astrid Schulz, Phnom Penh: Capital City, “a collection of enticing insights into homes and workplaces spanning rich and poor, younger and older generations, migrants and those who have lived there all their lives and helped shaping the city.”
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At Chinese House, Sticky Fingers Gallery presents Yesterday Once More, an exhibition of paintings and collages by Julien Poulson (founder of the Cambodian Space Project), images in preparation for a music theatre production of the same name, based on the disappearance of Golden Era singer Pov Vannary.
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At the French Institute, Studio Images et la francophonie, in which students of Studio Images, the Institute’s photography workshop, explore the concepts of the French speaking world.
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A new exhibition by Frederikke Tu, Deconstruct+ at The Insider Gallery Intercontinental Phnom Penh, based on observations of daily life in Phnom Penh. Runs until April 5.
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The FCC presents an exhibition by photographer Johan Bünger, The Soul of Cambodia, showing the daily life of the Cambodian people in all its diversity.
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Performing arts courses at Brighton International School (#79 street 310) for ages 4 – 6 and 7 – 11 – singing, dancing, acting, every Saturday.
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The Governor’s House Boutique Hotel (3 Mao Tse Tung Blvd, 100 m from Norodom Blvd) and Little Hearts International present a twofold exhibition by street photographer Vincent de Wilde, Between Salt and Earth and Supervivere, Cambodia Today.
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Sofitel Phnom Penh Phokeethra hosts Wonders of 1929, a collection of vintage photographs of Cambodia, the work of Georges Portal, a French actor and director.
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New Leaf Book Cafe in Siem Reap, has a continuous exhibition for Small Art School, featuring the work of young aspiring Cambodian artists.
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Elegy: Reflections on Angkor by John McDermott. The award-winning American photographer maintains his strong presence on the Siem Reap art scene with his mesmerizing monochromatic fine art images of Angkor taken between 1995-2014. Now exhibiting in two McDermott Galleries located at FCC Angkor and Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor.
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The Traditional Dance Show, presented by Cambodian Living Arts, takes place at the National Museum stage. The hour-long performance showcases classical and folk dances from across Cambodia, including the famous Apsara. Every night Monday-Saturday (October-April) and every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday (May to September).
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Phare Ponleu Selpak, the famous Cambodian circus school offers nightly performances in Siem Reap and performances on Mondays, Thursdays, and Saturdays in Battambang, on a rolling cycle of different works.
In Siem Reap: at 7.30 pm under the big top in Siem Reap, behind the Angkor National Museum, in front of Angkor Century Hotel.
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In Battambang: visual arts exhibition from 6 pm then circus show at 7 pm.
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DanceWorldCambodia
 offers classes in adult ballet, yoga and Bollywood style.  For more info contact dance@danceworldcambodia.com

 

 

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