Kumnooh: Cambodia arts for week commencing 25 June, 2019

Greetings,

Wednesday 26, 6 pm at Sa Sa Art Projects, Tep: Invisible Spirit, a
lecture by anthropologist Ang Choulean, part of the public programme of the current exhibition Beneath the Bodhi & Banyan by Chu Hao Pei and Lee Chang Ming. In Khmer only.
More info

On Wednesday 26, 6.30 pm at Java Independence, an exhibition opening and book launch for The dead eye and the deep blue sea, a graphic memoir and artwork by Vannak Anan Prum. “The drawings are selected from the book, a graphic novel that tells his incredible story of surviving slavery in the regional fishing and agricultural industries. Vannak is a self-taught artist and his illustrative skills allowed him to gain favor with other people he was forced to live and work with by giving them tattoos. More importantly, thanks to his photographic memory he was able to draw his experiences in detail when he arrived home four years later. At first, he made the drawings to offer proof to his family in the only way he could. Later he decided to share his story publicly, leading to the publication of the graphic novel, further exposing the harsh realities of modern-day slavery.” On Thursday 27 at 6.30 pm, there will be an talk by the artist and co-author Jocelyn Pederick.
More info

vannak.jpg

Wednesday 26, from 7.30 pm, Drink and Draw at Cloud – $4 for two hours with a life model in multiple poses. Normal weekly class moved to Wednesday due to a power cut on Monday evening.
More info

Thursday 27, 7.30 pm at Cloud, Blind Painting Part II with Marika Els and Emily Marques.   Marika and Emily will each do one 40 x 40 cm piece blindfolded. Audience participation will be encouraged.
More info

On Saturday 29, 6 pm at Bong the Gallery, the opening of Donvirao: spectrum of the multiverse, a painting exhibition by Douglas Victor Rahotan. “The pictorial universe of Donvirao is “to the edge of abstraction” and points toward other movements, between early expressionism and abstraction. The Painter is looking for color, gesture and texture creating a sense of mystery, depth, and movement. The psychedelic aura, the intensity of the colors, exacerbated forms and fractal deformation along with line and pattern create a visceral response in the viewer, and color is one of the main vehicles for that kind of emotive power. His paintings suggest a vision of other worlds among the largest and the smallest.”
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Saturday 29 at Batia Sarem Gallery in Siem Reap, a special performance by contemporary dancer Rady Nget, partly improvised and influenced by two series of works by Khvay Samnang, Where is my land? and Preah Kunlong. Event starts 6.30 pm, performance at 7.30 pm.
More info

Monday 1, from 7.30 pm, Drink and Draw at Cloud – $4 for two hours with a life model in multiple poses.
More info
Coming soon:

  • Dreamscapes, watercolours by Long Lavy (b. 1980) his debut solo exhibition, at Chinese House opening July 4. ”This group of meticulous watercolor landscapes speaks of past iterations of his life, experiences lived and now gone.”
  • Y2K Art House is hosting a yoga and art retreat, July 25-28

For a more rock’n’roll view of Phnom Penh and the wider Cambodian music scene, please check out our sister publication lengpleng.com, the long running live music gig guide.

Note: we are now accepting donations for the on-going work of Kumnooh, which can be made either via payment to fabianhipp@kumnooh.com at Paypal, or alternatively in cash which can be arranged by emailing to the same address. Your small contributions will help continue our free and advertising free service into the great, wide future of contemporary arts in Cambodia.
See you about…

Fabian Hipp

Kumnooh
fabianhipp@kumnooh.com

If you are a venue or artist and would like to receive a weekly reminder to provide Kumnooh with an upcoming event or activity, please contact fabianhipp@kumnooh.com and ask to be added to the venue/artists list.


In brief: new and returning…


Wednesday 26, 6 pm at Sa Sa Art Projects, Tep: Invisible Spirit, a
lecture by anthropologist Ang Choulean. In Khmer only.
More info

Wednesday 26, 6.30 pm at Java Independence, an exhibition opening and book launch for The dead eye and the deep blue sea, a graphic memoir and artwork by Vannak Anan Prum.

Wednesday 26, 7.30 pm, Drink and Draw at Cloud – $4 for two hours with a life model in multiple poses.
More info

Thursday 27, 6.30 pm at Java Independence, there will be an artists talk by Vannak Anan Prum and co-author Jocelyn Pederick as part of the exhibition The dead eye and the deep blue sea.
More info

Thursday 27, 7.30 pm at Cloud, Blind Painting Part II with Marika Els and Emily Marques.
More info

Saturday 29, 6 pm at Bong the Gallery, the opening of Donvirao: spectrum of the multiverse, a painting exhibition by Douglas Victor Rahotan.
More info

Saturday 29, 6.30 pm at Batia Sarem Gallery in Siem Reap, a special performance by contemporary dancer Rady Nget.
More info

Monday 1, from 7.30 pm, Drink and Draw at Cloud – $4 for two hours with a life model in multiple poses.
More info


Ongoing…. exhibitions, dance performances and others


Exhibitions:

 A joint exhibition at the French Institute by Ouk Socheathy (ceramics) and Ou Vandy (sculpture). “Ouk Socheathy studied the art of ceramics at the Secondary School of Fine Arts and at the Royal University of Fine Arts in Phnom Penh, where he specialized in the decorative arts. Most of his works are strongly inspired by the natural forms, the model of the nature of which he contemplates the organization, as well as by theravāda Buddhism and its belief in life cycles.”   “Ou Vanndy’s inspiration comes from traditional or contemporary mythologies – as evidenced by the massive bull sculpture, made entirely of recycled materials and shown in the exhibition Artistic Wanderings, now installed in front of the French Institute of Cambodia.”
More info

At the MIRAGE Contemporary Art Space in Siem Reap, the opening of Unsaid Things, by Romcheik 5 Collective, including work by Bor Hak, Hour Seyha, Nget Chanpenh and Mil Chankrim. “The artists are concerned with the unfathomable ways in which societies are shape by collective traumas and their work is a reflection of its impact on the psychology of the people. From depictions of surrealistic villages to malformed figures that appear torn apart by internal conflict, the artists present us with an intimate snapshot of their realities, and the memories they carry with them.” Until 19 August, with plans for an artist talk by Bor Hak on 13 July.
More info

At Chinese House, Life’s Celebrations by Elsa Boonzaaier. “Elsa gets her inspiration through the photos of time and the stories of people whom she met. She can find herself lost in wonders of art when even a single word whispered can trigger the urge to draw or paint. Art has opened the world to her anew, only this time through the eyes of an artist.”
More info

KBach ArtSpace at Factory Phnom Penh, as part of their KBach Arts Competition 2019, are showing finalists in last year’s competition and a judges’ gallery as well as their regular collection.
More info

At Bophana Center, a painting exhibition, Life of Nature, by Sophorn Chan. “This exhibition aims to showcase the incredible importance and value of nature for all life on earth, as life is absolutely connected to it.” Until June 29.

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.”
More info

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.
More info

Dance:

New Cambodian Artists in Siem Reap present weekly performances of contemporary dance every Saturday.
More info

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.
More info

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.
More info

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).
More info

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).
More info

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.
More info

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).
More info

Every Saturday at 5 pm, Bophana Center presents Cine Saturday. Programme changes every week, across a wide range of cinema experiences.
More info

Most Sundays (and occasionally Saturdays) Khmer Architecture Tours presents a range of the architectural wonders of Phnom Penh. 8.30 am start, reservations essential.
More info

Performing arts courses at Brighton International School (#79 street 310) for ages 4 – 6 and 7 – 11 – singing, dancing, acting, every Saturday.
More info

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.
More info

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.”
More info

A weekly gathering on Thursday night at Number 26 Art Shop Gallery on St 118, just off the riverside, 7 pm – 10 pm, with monthly changes of exhibitions, a place to exchange ideas.
More info

 

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Kumnooh: Cambodia arts for week commencing 18 June, 2019

Greetings,

On Wednesday 19, the monthly meeting and readings of the Phnom Penh Literati Society will be held at Villa Grange (St 244), from 7 pm.

On Thursday 20, the opening of a joint exhibition at the French Institute by Ouk Socheathy (ceramics) and Ou Vandy (sculpture). “Ouk Socheathy studied the art of ceramics at the Secondary School of Fine Arts and at the Royal University of Fine Arts in Phnom Penh, where he specialized in the decorative arts. Most of his works are strongly inspired by the natural forms, the model of the nature of which he contemplates the organization, as well as by theravāda Buddhism and its belief in life cycles.”   “Ou Vanndy’s inspiration comes from traditional or contemporary mythologies – as evidenced by the massive bull sculpture, made entirely of recycled materials and shown in the exhibition Artistic Wanderings, now installed in front of the French Institute of Cambodia..”
More info

Also on Thursday 20, from 10 pm, a solstice special media event at Number 26 Art Shop (St 118), by LEONEOART. Earlier, from 8.18 pm, share a real-time journey through the first moon landing 50 years ago.
More info

On Friday 21, Sofitel celebrates Fete de la Musique twice, with Music in the Sky – the piano of Miwako Fujiwara and trombone of Alexandre Scarpati at 12.15 pm and again at 6 pm.
More info

On Friday 21, 6 pm at the MIRAGE Contemporary Art Space in Siem Reap, the opening of Unsaid Things, by Romcheik 5 Collective, including work by Bor Hak, Hour Seyha, Nget Chanpenh and Mil Chankrim. “The artists are concerned with the unfathomable ways in which societies are shape by collective traumas and their work is a reflection of its impact on the psychology of the people. From depictions of surrealistic villages to malformed figures that appear torn apart by internal conflict, the artists present us with an intimate snapshot of their realities, and the memories they carry with them.” Until 19 August, with plans for an artist talk by Bor Hak on 13 July.
More info

Hour Seyha, Blazing Forest .jpg
Hour Seyha, Blazing Forest

Friday 21, 7 pm and Saturday 22, 6 pm and 8 pm, the Phnom Penh Players present The Great Theatre of the World!, a baroque play by Pedro Calderon de la Barca, at Sovannaphum Arts Association. “The play imagines the world as a Great Theatre. God wants to celebrate his greatness, and for that, he calls souls and assigns them roles to perform. In the end, when the work is finished, and everybody is dead, the actors receive a prize or punishment according to whether they acted well or badly.” Tickets $10, available from The Box Office – Phnom Penh, D2 Smokehouse, YK Art House or Mang Miguel Kainan.

On Saturday 22, 10 am – 12 pm at Java Creative Café Tuol Tom Pong, oral presentations as conclusion of a three month English for Artists class. “English for Artists is a program designed to build the capacity of Cambodian young artists and cultural practitioners by developing their technical vocabulary, cultural context, and confidence necessary to thrive on the global stage.”

Monday 24, from 7.30 pm, Drink and Draw at Cloud – $4 for two hours with a life model in multiple poses.
More info

New Cambodian Artists in Siem Reap regret that the reopening of their concert series has been postponed until July 13.

Coming soon:

  • Exhibition opening and book launch for The dead eye and the deep blue sea, a graphic memoir and artwork of modern slavery by Vannak Anan Prum at Java Independence on June 26
  • At Cloud, Blind Painting Part II with Marika Els and Emily Marques on June 27
  • At Bong the Gallery, Donvirao: spectrum of the multiverse, a painting exhibition by Douglas Victor Rahotan, opens June 29
  • Dreamscapes, watercolours by Long Lavy (b. 1980) his debut solo exhibition, at Chinese House opening July 4. ”This group of meticulous watercolor landscapes speaks of past iterations of his life, experiences lived and now gone.”
  • Y2K Art House is hosting a yoga and art retreat, July 25-28

For a more rock’n’roll view of Phnom Penh and the wider Cambodian music scene, please check out our sister publication lengpleng.com, the long running live music gig guide.

Note: we are now accepting donations for the on-going work of Kumnooh, which can be made either via payment to fabianhipp@kumnooh.com at Paypal, or alternatively in cash which can be arranged by emailing to the same address. Your small contributions will help continue our free and advertising free service into the great, wide future of contemporary arts in Cambodia.
See you about…

Fabian Hipp

Kumnooh
fabianhipp@kumnooh.com

If you are a venue or artist and would like to receive a weekly reminder to provide Kumnooh with an upcoming event or activity, please contact fabianhipp@kumnooh.com and ask to be added to the venue/artists list.


In brief: new and returning…


Wednesday 19, 7 pm, the monthly meeting and readings of the Phnom Penh Literati Society will be held at Villa Grange (St 244).

Thursday 20, 6.30 pm, the opening of a joint exhibition at the French Institute by Ouk Socheathy (ceramics) and Ou Vandy (sculpture).
More info

Thursday 20, from 10 pm, a solstice special media event at Number 26 Art Shop (St 118), by LEONEOART.
More info

Friday 21, at Sofitel, Music in the Sky – the piano of Miwako Fujiwara and trombone of Alexandre Scarpati, at 12.15 pm and again at 6 pm.
More info

Friday 21, 6 pm at the MIRAGE Contemporary Art Space in Siem Reap, the opening of Unsaid Things, by Romcheik 5 Collective, including work by Bor Hak, Hour Seyha, Nget Chanpenh and Mil Chankrim.
More info

Friday 21, 7 pm the Phnom Penh Players present The Great Theatre of the World!, a baroque play by Pedro Calderon de la Barca, at Sovannaphum Arts Association.

Saturday 22, 6 pm and again at 8 pm, the Phnom Penh Players present The Great Theatre of the World!, at Sovannaphum Arts Association.

Monday 24, from 7.30 pm, Drink and Draw at Cloud – $4 for two hours with a life model in multiple poses.
More info


Ongoing…. exhibitions, dance performances and others



Exhibitions:

At Chinese House, Life’s Celebrations by Elsa Boonzaaier. “Elsa gets her inspiration through the photos of time and the stories of people whom she met. She can find herself lost in wonders of art when even a single word whispered can trigger the urge to draw or paint. Art has opened the world to her anew, only this time through the eyes of an artist.”
More info

KBach ArtSpace at Factory Phnom Penh, as part of their KBach Arts Competition 2019, are showing finalists in last year’s competition and a judges’ gallery as well as their regular collection.
More info

At Bophana Center, a painting exhibition, Life of Nature, by Sophorn Chan. “This exhibition aims to showcase the incredible importance and value of nature for all life on earth, as life is absolutely connected to it.” Until June 29.

At Bong the Gallery, Gco-Man! (self-satisfaction), an exhibition by Japanese digital artist and designer Kayoko Yonaga. “Find silence, peace, harmony in what you do, by and without achieving anything else than a purpose of creation, for the sake of doing it, which declares in her creative process a meditative state of happiness. Formats and tools are various, not less irrelevant, but more decisive how cultural and traditional heritage enfolds in its constant motion and transformation.”
More info

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.
More info

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.”
More info

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.
More info

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.
More info

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.
More info

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).
More info

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).
More info

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.
More info

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).
More info

Every Saturday at 5 pm, Bophana Center presents Cine Saturday. Programme changes every week, across a wide range of cinema experiences.
More info

Most Sundays (and occasionally Saturdays) Khmer Architecture Tours presents a range of the architectural wonders of Phnom Penh. 8.30 am start, reservations essential.
More info

Performing arts courses at Brighton International School (#79 street 310) for ages 4 – 6 and 7 – 11 – singing, dancing, acting, every Saturday.
More info

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.
More info

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.”
More info

A weekly gathering on Thursday night at Number 26 Art Shop Gallery on St 118, just off the riverside, 7 pm – 10 pm, with monthly changes of exhibitions, a place to exchange ideas.
More info

 

Kumnooh: Cambodia arts for week commencing 11 June, 2019

Greetings,

Friday 14 and Saturday 15, the Phnom Penh Players present The Great Theatre of the World!, a baroque play by Pedro Calderon de la Barca. “The play imagines the world as a Great Theatre. God wants to celebrate his greatness, and for that, he calls souls and assigns them roles to perform. In the end, when the work is finished, and everybody is dead, the actors receive a prize or punishment according to whether they acted well or badly.” Friday at 7 pm, Saturday at 6 pm and 8 pm – then the same on the following weekend – at Sovannaphum Arts Association. Tickets $10, available from The Box Office – Phnom Penh, D2 Smokehouse, YK Art House or Mang Miguel Kainan.

On Saturday 15, the opening of the new season of performances by New Cambodian Artists in Siem Reap.
More info

Monday 17, from 7.30 pm, Drink and Draw at Cloud – $4 for two hours with a life model in multiple poses.
More info

Coming soon:

  • Music in the Sky at Sofitel for Fete de la Musique on June 21 featuring Miwako Fujiwara
  • A joint exhibition at the French Institute by Ouk Socheathy (ceramics) and Ou Vandy (sculpture), opens June 20
  • A solstice special media event at Number 26 Art Shop (St 118), June 20, 10 pm to 3.03 am by LEONEOART.
  • Exhibition opening and book launch for The dead eye and the deep blue sea, a graphic memoir and artwork of modern slavery by Vannak Anan Prum at Java Independence on June 26
  • At Bong the Gallery, Donvirao: spectrum of the multiverse, a painting exhibition by Douglas Victor Rahotan, opens June 29
  • Y2K Art House is hosting a yoga and art retreat, July 25-28

For a more rock’n’roll view of Phnom Penh and the wider Cambodian music scene, please check out our sister publication lengpleng.com, the long running live music gig guide.

Note: we are now accepting donations for the on-going work of Kumnooh, which can be made either via payment to fabianhipp@kumnooh.com at Paypal, or alternatively in cash which can be arranged by emailing to the same address. Your small contributions will help continue our free and advertising free service into the great, wide future of contemporary arts in Cambodia.
See you about…

Fabian Hipp

Kumnooh
fabianhipp@kumnooh.com

If you are a venue or artist and would like to receive a weekly reminder to provide Kumnooh with an upcoming event or activity, please contact fabianhipp@kumnooh.com and ask to be added to the venue/artists list.


In brief: new and returning…


Friday 14, 7 pm the Phnom Penh Players present The Great Theatre of the World!, a baroque play by Pedro Calderon de la Barca, at Sovannaphum Arts Association.

Saturday 15, 6 pm and again at 8 pm, the Phnom Penh Players present The Great Theatre of the World!, at Sovannaphum Arts Association.

Saturday 15, the opening of the new season of performances by New Cambodian Artists in Siem Reap.
More info

Monday 17, from 7.30 pm, Drink and Draw at Cloud – $4 for two hours with a life model in multiple poses.
More info


Ongoing…. exhibitions, dance performances and others


Exhibitions:

 At Chinese House, Life’s Celebrations by Elsa Boonzaaier. “Elsa gets her inspiration through the photos of time and the stories of people whom she met. She can find herself lost in wonders of art when even a single word whispered can trigger the urge to draw or paint. Art has opened the world to her anew, only this time through the eyes of an artist.”
More info

KBach ArtSpace at Factory Phnom Penh, as part of their KBach Arts Competition 2019, are showing finalists in last year’s competition and a judges’ gallery as well as their regular collection.

At Bophana Center, a painting exhibition, Life of Nature, by Sophorn Chan. “This exhibition aims to showcase the incredible importance and value of nature for all life on earth, as life is absolutely connected to it.” Until June 29.

At Bong the Gallery, Gco-Man! (self-satisfaction), an exhibition by Japanese digital artist and designer Kayoko Yonaga. “Find silence, peace, harmony in what you do, by and without achieving anything else than a purpose of creation, for the sake of doing it, which declares in her creative process a meditative state of happiness. Formats and tools are various, not less irrelevant, but more decisive how cultural and traditional heritage enfolds in its constant motion and transformation.”
More info

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”
More info

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.
More info

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.”
More info

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.
More info

Dance:

New Cambodian Artists in Siem Reap present weekly performances of contemporary dance every Saturday.
More info

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.
More info

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.
More info

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).
More info

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).
More info

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.
More info

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).
More info

Every Saturday at 5 pm, Bophana Center presents Cine Saturday. Programme changes every week, across a wide range of cinema experiences.
More info

Most Sundays (and occasionally Saturdays) Khmer Architecture Tours presents a range of the architectural wonders of Phnom Penh. 8.30 am start, reservations essential.
More info

Performing arts courses at Brighton International School (#79 street 310) for ages 4 – 6 and 7 – 11 – singing, dancing, acting, every Saturday.
More info

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.
More info

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.”
More info

A weekly gathering on Thursday night at Number 26 Art Shop Gallery on St 118, just off the riverside, 7 pm – 10 pm, with monthly changes of exhibitions, a place to exchange ideas.
More info

 

Kumnooh: arts guide for Cambodia, week commencing 4 June 2019

Greetings,

Wednesday 5, 3 pm, YK Art House is hosting a Handbuilding with clay workshop. Limited spaces, bookings essential.
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Thursday 6, 6 pm at Chinese House, the opening of Life’s Celebrations by Elsa Boonzaaier. “Elsa gets her inspiration through the photos of time and the stories of people whom she met. She can find herself lost in wonders of art when even a single word whispered can trigger the urge to draw or paint.  Art has opened the world to her anew, only this time through the eyes of an artist.” Music will be provided by the Blues Routes Trio, and canapes will be served until 7 pm.
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Also Thursday 6, 6 pm at The Box Office, theatrical group Phnom Penh Players are holding a pitch party for productions for the second semester 2019.
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Also also on Thursday 6, 6.30 pm at Sa Sa Art Projects, Untitled: A Performance by Than Sok, followed by discussion with the artist. “What is the meaning of a presentation? How real is it? In a performance, stage is very important for the performer. Do you know what happens behind the stage? In order to reveal not only the front stage, the artist decides to perform both in front and behind the backdrop. Therefore, a stage is just a line that divides between the front and the behind of a scene. Sometimes, the artist thinks that he is not the performer but rather the stage, whereas the audience is actually the performer.”
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And finally on Thursday 6, 6.30 pm at Chaktomuk Theatre, Melodies by the Mekong: A Friendship Concert by the Philippine Madrigal Singers, in celebration of the 121st anniversary of the Proclamation of Philippine Independence. For seat reservations: 098-888-920 or phnompenh.pe[at]dfa.gov.ph with subject MADZ.

Saturday 8 from 9 am a Q-Tips painting workshop at Eleven One Kitchen in BKK1 by Zyct Artistry. Limited places, bookings recommended.
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And then Saturday 8, 3 pm at The Bridge SOHO in Tonle Bassac, Zyct Artistry offers a workshop in Optical Illusion: Tape Painting.
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Sunday 9 from noon, the opening of the new facility ArtSpace at Factory Phnom Penh, with activities including huge mural painting and live paintings, three exhibitions, free workshops, live music, and the launch of the KBach Arts Competition 2019.
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Sunday 9, 2 pm, Sa Sa Art Projects is holding a public information session about new contemporary art and photography classes, from July to September, which will include scholarships for talented and committed individuals. Application deadline is 23 June 2019.
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Monday 10, from 7.30 pm, Drink and Draw at Cloud – $4 for two hours with a life model in multiple poses.
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At Bophana Center, a painting exhibition, Life of Nature, by Sophorn Chan, opened last night and will continue until June 29. “This exhibition aims to showcase the incredible importance and value of nature for all life on earth, as life is absolutely connected to it.”

Coming soon:

  • Over the weekend June 14 – 16, the Phnom Penh Players present The Great Theatre of the World!, a baroque play by Pedro Calderon de la Barca. “The play imagines the world as a Great Theatre. God wants to celebrate his greatness, and for that, he calls souls and assigns them roles to perform. In the end, when the work is finished, and everybody is dead, the actors receive a prize or punishment according to whether they acted well or badly.” Tickets $10, available from The Box Office – Phnom Penh, D2 Smokehouse, YK Art House or Mang Miguel Kainan
  • The new season of performances by New Cambodian Artists in Siem Reap opens on June 15
  • A joint exhibition at the French Institute by Ouk Socheathy (ceramics) and Ou Vandy (sculpture), opens June 20
  • Y2K Art House is hosting a yoga and art retreat, July 25-28

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In brief: new and returning…


Wednesday 5, 3 pm, YK Art House is hosting a Handbuilding with clay workshop.
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Thursday 6, 6 pm at Chinese House, the opening of Life’s Celebrations by Elsa Boonzaaier, with music by the Blues Routes Trio.
More info

Thursday 6, 6 pm at The Box Office, Phnom Penh Players are holding a pitch party.
More info

Thursday 6, 6.30 pm at Sa Sa Art Projects, Untitled: A Performance by Than Sok, followed by discussion with the artist. More info

Thursday 6, 6.30 pm at Chaktomuk Theatre, Melodies by the Mekong: A Friendship Concert by the Philippine Madrigal Singers. For reservations: 098-888-920 or phnompenh.pe[at]dfa.gov.ph with subject MADZ.

Saturday 8, 9 am at Eleven One Kitchen, a Q-Tips painting workshop by Zyct Artistry.
More info

Saturday 8, 3 pm at The Bridge SOHO in Tonle Bassac, Zyct Artistry offers a workshop in Optical Illusion: Tape Painting.
More info

Sunday 9, 12 noon, the opening of the new facility ArtSpace at Factory Phnom Penh including the launch of the KBach Arts Competition 2019.
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Sunday 9, 2 pm, Sa Sa Art Projects is holding a public information session about new contemporary art and photography classes.
More info

Monday 10, 7.30 pm, Drink and Draw at Cloud – $4 for two hours with a life model in multiple poses.
More info


Ongoing…. exhibitions, dance performances and others


Exhibitions:

 At Bophana Center, a painting exhibition, Life of Nature, by Sophorn Chan. “This exhibition aims to showcase the incredible importance and value of nature for all life on earth, as life is absolutely connected to it.” Until June 29.

At Bong the Gallery, Gco-Man! (self-satisfaction), an exhibition by Japanese digital artist and designer Kayoko Yonaga. “Find silence, peace, harmony in what you do, by and without achieving anything else than a purpose of creation, for the sake of doing it, which declares in her creative process a meditative state of happiness. Formats and tools are various, not less irrelevant, but more decisive how cultural and traditional heritage enfolds in its constant motion and transformation.”
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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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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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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 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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A weekly gathering on Thursday night at Number 26 Art Shop Gallery on St 118, just off the riverside, 7 pm – 10 pm, with monthly changes of exhibitions, a place to exchange ideas.
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