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

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Fabian Hipp

Kumnooh
fabianhipp@kumnooh.com

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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.
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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.”
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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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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 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:

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