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..”
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Fabian Hipp

Kumnooh
fabianhipp@kumnooh.com

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