Kumnooh: arts guide for Cambodia, week commencing 21 May 2019

Greetings,

On Wednesday 22, from 3 pm, YK Art House is hosting a Handbuilding with clay workshop. $5 includes 200g of clay and use of basic tools.
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Also on Wednesday 22, the next meeting of the Literati Society of Phnom Penh featuring readings and talks on a range of topics, at Villa Grange (St 244) from 7 pm.

Thursday 23, 6.30 pm at the French Institute, Shadows and Lights, featuring works by renowned photographer Klavdij Sluban with the young photographers of the Royal University of Fine Arts and le Studio Images. “Considered as one of the most important French photographers of his generation, Klavdij Sluban’s work is regularly shown in the most important museums and international art centers around the world. In Phnom Penh, he chose to work on a theme he is particularly fond of – shadows and lights, the mystery of the places and the situations”
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Klavdij Sluban
By Klavdij Sluban

The regular Thursday night event at the enigmatic Number 26 Art Shop Gallery on St 118, just off the riverside; this week again features a poetry reading by Phnom Penh poet Scott Bywater. From 8 pm.
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On Friday 24, from 6.30 pm, Neak Poan School of Music presents a viola concert by Mirab Babaian including pieces by Myaskovsky, Saint-Seans, Rachmaninoff, Brahms, Kimitas and Bruch. $30 per person with a glass wine & cheese plate.
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Also Friday 24 at Bong the Gallery, a closing night party for illusions/dis/illusions by Erick Gonzalez, an intriguing collection of high concept pieces, objects, optical art, painting and installation. From 7 pm.
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At Cloud on Friday 24, from 7 pm, the launch of Alchemy, a new book of poetry by Jenny Pisani, who is soon to depart Phnom Penh to return to New York. The event will include readings, musical performances, sales and signings.
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Saturday 25 and Sunday 26, Friends International launch their new Futures Factory space with a Futures Festival, featuring music, dance and much more: “a fashion extravaganza with a big difference, a food walk and a food challenge that will tickle more than your taste buds, the opportunity to make your own exclusive product, and a range of games and experiences that go beyond mere fun, but have an underlying social message and impact.” 5.30 pm – 10.30 pm both days.
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On Sunday 26, 4 pm at Chenla Theatre, Dance Academy Cambodia presents Peter Pan – A Dance Story.   Tickets $12/$6, available at Dance Academy Cambodia.
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Monday 27, from 7.30 pm, Drink and Draw at Cloud – $4 for two hours with a life model in multiple poses.
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Java Creative Café have launched a Facebook page for their Creative Generation project – keep in touch with this innovative programme for young emerging artists.

Coming soon:

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In brief: new and returning…


Wednesday 22, from 3 pm, YK Art House is hosting a Handbuilding with clay workshop.
More info

Wednesday 22, from 7 pm, the next meeting of the Literati Society of Phnom Penh at Villa Grange (St 244).

Thursday 23, 6.30 pm at the French Institute, Shadows and Lights, featuring works by renowned photographer Klavdij Sluban with the young photographers of the Royal University of Fine Arts and le Studio Images.
More info

Thursday 23, 8 pm at Number 26 Art Shop Gallery on St 118, a poetry reading by Phnom Penh poet Scott Bywater.
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Friday 24, 6.30 pm, Neak Poan School of Music presents a viola concert by Mirab Babaian.
More info

Friday 24
, 7pm at Bong the Gallery, a closing night party for illusions/dis/illusions by Erick Gonzalez.
More info

Friday 24, 7 pm at Cloud the launch of Alchemy, a new book of poetry by Jenny Pisani to include readings, musical performances, sales and signings.
More info

Saturday 25 and Sunday 26, from 5.30 pm, Friends International launch their new Futures Factory space with a Futures Festival, featuring music, dance and much more.
More info

Sunday 26, 4 pm at Chenla Theatre, Dance Academy Cambodia presents Peter Pan – A Dance Story.
More info

Monday 27, 7.30 pm at Cloud, Drink and Draw – $4 for two hours with a life model in multiple poses.
More info


Ongoing…. exhibitions, dance performances and others


Exhibitions:

At Bong the Gallery, illusions/dis/illusions by Erick Gonzalez at Bong the Gallery (Sothearos Blvd, just north of St 178), an intriguing collection of high concept pieces, objects, optical art, painting and installation. “I started creating art from my own vision of my society, of my daily reality. Then, with the years of experience and artistic evolution, I try to make of my works a reflection of the society in which I live. Without judgments. Without answers. Sometimes I hit, sometimes I’m wrong, but that’s part of the process. There is nothing to regret. I just try to show people what I see of them and of the society. I think art can help to find sense to this life. Art is also a source of knowledge.”
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At Java Independence, Micro Organics, an exhibition by Yim Maline. “Yim Maline’s artwork starts with walking. Walking through natural spaces, undisturbed by human intervention. The shapes and colors of flowers, roots, and trees that she observes form the basis of her compositions. It is in these quiet landscapes that Maline seeks a reconciliation with her personal history and the cycles and resilience of nature. This exhibition is included in the programme Landscape Afterwar(d)s.” Until 21 June.
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At Bophana Center, Landscapes Afterwar(d)s, organised by Soko Phay and Patrick Nardin, “bringing together the artworks resulting from two workshops held in 2017 at the Royal University of Fine Arts. […] A group of young artists, both Cambodian and international, who have worked within the program’s context and on the memory of places, especially that of Phnom Penh, a city in constant turmoil. Their photographs, videos and installations show how they recognize themselves in the events of the past, through different types of archives, vestiges and testimonies. The diversity and polysemy of their works also testifies to the transition from the I to the We, from an intimate experience to a greater collective consciousness.” Until May 25.
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At Imag’in Café-Photo-Galerie on St 93, a photographic exhibition, Transition, by Martin Jacquemin, exploring the changes affecting the Cham community living on the banks of the Mekong River.
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At ARTillery Café on St 240½, an exhibition of woodcut artworks by Kek Soon, Bou’Sra Series.
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In Siem Reap, at MIRAGE Contemporary Art Space, A place for us, a group exhibition by artists of Open Studio Cambodia, based in Kampot – featuring work by Chan Phoun, Morn Chear, Pav Rasmey, Yim Mary, Long Lavy, Srey Norp, Rath Rathana and Lauren Iida. “Every piece unravels a story for the viewer, often autobiographical, from anecdotal to epic, uplifting to tragic to otherworldly.” Until 10 June.
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At TRIBE Cambodia, in Siem Reap, Elements, the first exhibition in Cambodia by UK artist Carne Griffiths. Until 31 May.
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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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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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Dance:

Every Thursday and Friday, 6.30 pm at Counterspace Theatre, Java Creative Café Tuol Tom Pong, the dance company Sophiline Arts Ensemble presents performances of Cambodian dance. “Featuring a stellar cast dressed in fanciful costumes, The Lives of Giants is a contemporary meditation on bullying, cycles of violence, and the responsibilities of wielding power.” Tickets $18.
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Saturdays and Sundays, 6.30 pm at Counterspace Theatre, Java Creative Café Tuol Tom Pong, Prumsodun Ok and NATYARASA present performances of Vajramala – Spirit of Khmer Dance. Tickets $25.
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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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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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Other:

The Kok Thlok arts organisation is presenting twice weekly shadow puppet and Khmer theatre performances at the National Library, St 61, every Friday and Sunday at 6.30 pm. Kok Thlok are offering a membership card, with an annual fee of $30, that provides unlimited access (including for family members or two friends) to the rolling programme planned over the next four years to present the 24 forms of traditional theatre.
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N o w h e r e Gallery presents frequent workshops such as Self Portrait Acrylic on Canvas, Bookbinding for beginners and Brush lettering for beginners. Bookings always essential, spaces limited. Mostly Saturdays and Sundays although occasionally midweek.

The theatrical group the Francophone Troupe of Phnom Penh is holding a theatre workshops at 6.30 pm every Wednesday at Restaurant 63 Bassac, on St 308. Sessions are in French but perfect French is not required. $10/session (2 hours).
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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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Fortnightly on Wednesdays, at Cloud, a poetry writing workshop hosted by Jessica of Feminist Voices Phnom Penh for anyone looking to expand their writing, find their voice and build confidence. Please bring something to write with.
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New art programmes for children from three years old and up is now underway at Ocarina School led by a certified art teacher, Océane. “Ocarina is the first and only French-speaking activities center offering French standard after-school music and art curriculums for children from 6 months to 17 years old.”
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