Kumnooh: Cambodia arts for week commencing 18 December, 2018

Greetings,

On Wednesday 19, 6 pm at Sa Sa Art Projects, the opening of Immerse: Contemporary Art Class Graduate Exhibition featuring works by Chhun Kimly, Khiev Kanel, Kong Dara, Kong Siden, Lok Chanmakara, Mok Sombo, Prak Dalin, (Kwan) So Sothsovankong and Sou Sophy. ”The exhibition is a culmination of a six-month program through which the participants immersed themselves in classroom lectures and discussions, site and studio visits, and development of new works. Coming from diverse educational backgrounds and professional fields, the nine participants produce new works employing various media from photography and video, to sculpture, to installation and calligraffiti. They explore and question a range of topics including environment, history, power structure and social hierarchy, gender and religion, social injustice, and forms of control in contemporary societies.” Until 3 January.
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Also on Wednesday 19 is the Shut up and write meetup at Lot 369 Tuol Tom Pong. “A bit of introductory conversation, some time to write, and some time to talk about our writing. Poems, novels, blog posts, emails, whatever you’re working on, bring it. If you don’t want to share your writing, that’s alright! This is just some time focused on writing, and you can come for part of it or all of it.” 6 – 8 pm
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On Thursday 20, from 6 pm at Meta House the opening of a photographic exhibition, Contemporary Breath, by Mech Sereyrath, a senior student at the Department of Media and Communication at the Royal University of Phnom Penh. “Her work deals with air pollution in Cambodia, from the burning of fuels such as petroleum, diesel and coal in the transport, household, industrial and energy sectors to smoking cigarettes at home. Air pollution is killing millions of people around the world every year, with nine out of 10 people breathing air containing high levels of pollutants.” From 8 pm environmental films by Cambodian students will be screened.
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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…


Wednesday 19, 6 pm at Sa Sa Art Projects, the opening of Immerse: Contemporary Art Class Graduate Exhibition featuring works by Chhun Kimly, Khiev Kanel, Kong Dara, Kong Siden, Lok Chanmakara, Mok Sombo, Prak Dalin, (Kwan) So Sothsovankong and Sou Sophy.
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Wednesday 19, 6 pm at Lot 369 Tuol Tom Pong, Shut up and write meetup. “A bit of introductory conversation, some time to write, and some time to talk about our writing.”
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Thursday 20, 6 pm at Meta House, the opening of a photographic exhibition, Contemporary Breath, by Mech Sereyrath, a senior student at the Department of Media and Communication at the Royal University of Phnom Penh.
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Ongoing….


At Cloud a new exhibition by South African painter Marika Els, And then I lost my mind. “Her paintings and work are a synthesis of expressionism, surrealism, and whatever else she feels like experimenting with, at any given moment. She enjoys challenging herself artistically in order to find new ways to escape and express her reality. When she can’t use words, she paints.”
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Stories of Reality, a photographic exhibition by Caroline Chevalier and le Studio Images, at the French Institute.   “Caroline Chevalier transforms reality into movie sets telling enigmatic stories. A theater in which reality takes on many forms, this exhibition, created in collaboration with the students of Le Studio Images, will take the wanderer into a world of dreams and mystery. The exhibit will also showcase a sound creation by David Laurent, founder of Ateliers de L’Image et du Son in Marseilles, France.”
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At Meta House, a multimedia, multi-artist exhibition, Plastic Kingdom, curated by Portuguese photographer Miguel Jeronimo, featuring works by a large selection of Cambodian and international artists on the issue of the impact of plastic on the environment.
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At the Kampot Art Gallery, Kampot: The Changing Landscape. “Neak Sophal and Kong Vollak have created a unique exhibition looking at Kampot and the impact of past, present and future.”
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At Java Creative Café Tuol Kork, a solo exhibition by photographer Chi Phouy, a Creative Generation awardee. Gaps is a series of photographs exploring the artist’s relationship with his brothers. Until 31 December.
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Wake up, think of love, Open Studio Kampot’s debut exhibition at Artillery (St 240 ½), showcasing new work in a variety of mediums from emerging Khmer artists in Kampot as well as a selection of works in cut paper by Lauren Iida, originally from Seattle, Washington.
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At Java Creative Cafe, Independence Monument, the opening of 81472: Sacred ink lotus art by Battambang-based artist and Australian-native Morrison Polkinghhorne. “Morrison’s unique ink made from lotus is in many ways as remarkable, and unexpected, as the final art. Morrison creates this from charred lotus petals distilled with Battambang rainwater.”  Until January 6.
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Dance Academy Cambodia has a wide range of dance classes through the week at Urban Tower, 5th Floor, #20 Street 51 (opposite Blue Dog, near The Place).
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New Cambodian Artists in Siem Reap present weekly performances of contemporary dance every Saturday.
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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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