Kumnooh: arts guide for Cambodia, week commencing 28 August 2018

Greetings,

On Saturday 1, the opening at Space Four Zero/Wang Dang Doodle (St 240 ½) of an exhibition of woodcuts led by Khun Gechsoun aka Soon Cambodian Women’s Woodcut Series. “Soon’s art depicts scenes of Kampot life – women workers in fishing and farming communities, as well as curious and often comical views of daily life in and around Cambodia’s tranquil but fast-developing coastal province. Soon employs and teaches local women arts and crafts skills and will bring together their works, alongside her own striking images, in a unique women’s perspective on work and life for women of the province.” From 6 pm.
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Also on Saturday 1, from 6.30 pm at Java Creative Café, Tuol Kork, a solo exhibition by Sin Many, Sign, as part of the Creative Generation series for 2018.  “Many is a self-taught artist whose work is concerned with the well-being of humanity and the inter-relationships with others and its surroundings. Inspired by the simple line drawings of American artist Keith Haring, Many works with lines and geometric shapes as a starting point for his artworks. His practices include photography, sculpture and screen printing.”  The exhibition will include a public program of a walkthrough with the artist and artist talk on Saturday 22.   Runs until October 7.
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Sunday 2 at 4 pm, a special event at the National Museum performance space, marking the 15th anniversary of dance troupe SilverBell. Tickets $1 – note limited seating is available – available at Java Café locations, Cambodian Living Arts and the French Institute. This is followed on Monday 3, 6.30 pm, by an artist talk with the dancers of SilverBell at Counterspace Theatre, Java Café Tuol Pompoung.
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Coming soon:

  • September 6 – 10, the Phnom Penh Players present Animal Farm, an adaptation of George Orwell’s novel into a Cambodian context, at the Department of Performing Arts. Tickets ($10) at Kwest Restaurant, Street 154 (Riverside), Box Office, Street 244 (Near St. 240) and Lot 369 Cafe & Bar, Street 454 (Russian Market) and Street 282 (BKK1).
  • The next meeting of the Phnom Penh Literati Society will be at The Plantation on September 19

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…


Saturday 1, 6 pm at Space Four Zero/Wang Dang Doodle (St 240 ½) of an exhibition of woodcuts led by Khun Gechsoun aka Soon Cambodian Women’s Woodcut Series.
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Saturday 1, 6.30 pm at Java Creative Café, Tuol Kork, a solo exhibition by Sin Many, Sign, as part of the Creative Generation series for 2018.
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Sunday 2, 4 pm, a special event at the National Museum performance space, marking the 15th anniversary of dance troupe SilverBell.
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Monday 3, 6.30 pm, at Counterspace Theatre, Java Café Tuol Pompoung, an artist talk with the dancers of SilverBell
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Ongoing….


At Bong The Gallery (St 240 ½) is Thunder and Rain or The tale of the storm goddess, a collaborative exhibition by Cambodian artists Apsvra and Penkuro, “taking on a visual redesign of classical Cambodian folktale, Moni Mekhala, and the origin of the thunderstorm.”
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Dance Academy Cambodia is offering classes in contemporary dance on Mondays, conducted by Julie Hedon at Urban Tower, BKK.
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At Bophana Centre, an exhibition entitled Language Barrier, an ongoing photo project by Siv Serey on the half/quarter Khmer children and the second generation Cambodian diaspora living in Siem Reap, Cambodia. “Stepping beyond his own connections to the heritage, he attempts to strip through the barricades built by other members of the diaspora and reveal the complexities and mutations of Cambodian identity, in order to find a way to express the intricacies both to outsiders and those who wear some degree of the culture.” Until September 20.
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At Meta House, Stanley Cubebrick – Geometric Rigour, Manual Imprecision an exhibition by Alex Pettiford, using colour and shape in bold geometric constructions. “We often make connections through symbols which stand strong and proud. But while looking for wholeness in strength we often forget the beauty of imperfection. By searching within ourselves and what we see, we allow these imperfections to come forward, and connect on a visual – and metaphorical – level. Softening our gaze, we see the chinks in the armour. When we realise these chinks, as well as strengths, are an inimitable part of us, we can appreciate their complimentary value. Imperfections make us.”
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At ARTillery, Kairos, by freelance photographer and writer Miguel Jerónimo.   “A collection of everyday life encounters with philosophy.”
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At Meta House, a multi-media exhibition featuring works by French painter Douglas Victor, based in Sihanoukville, who “invites you for psychedelic journey into the abstract. The artist feels inspired by nature and the cosmos, as well as a higher state of consciousness.”
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At Java Independence, The Red Chador: In Memoriam, an exhibition on loss and remembering by Anida Yoeu Ali. “On April 6, 2018 Ali publicly announced the death of The Red Chador at the hands of unnamed airline officials. Ali has also launched RedChadorIsDead.com, a “digital altar” that will chronicle 99 moments of audience experiences with the Red Chador.”
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At Chinese House, The Standing Rubble, an exhibition by Rena Chheang showcasing Phnom Penh’s characteristic colonial buildings.
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New Cambodian Artists in Siem Reap present weekly performances of contemporary dance every Saturday.
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At For Art’s Sake at Thaddeus Gallery, Siem Reap, Decomposition, an exhibition of work by Maline Yim: cardboard, with graphite, charcoal, ink and acrylic pencil.
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At The Kampot Art Gallery (located on the corner of the salt workers roundabout), a collection of works from the Battambang gallery Romcheik 5.
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Every Saturday at 5 pm, Bophana Center presents Cine Saturday. Programme changes every week, across a wide range of cinema experiences.
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Most Sundays (and occasionally Saturdays) Khmer Architecture Tours presents a range of the architectural wonders of Phnom Penh. 8.30 am start, reservations essential.
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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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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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