Kumnooh: arts guide for Cambodia, week commencing 16 July 2019

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Tonight, Tuesday 16, 7 pm at the new Meta House on St 178 near the National Museum, a book launch and panel discussion led by Charles Fox, as part of the exhibition Buried, made up of photographs from www.foundcambodia.com, an online archive of family images pre- and post-Khmer Rouge.   “UK photographer Charles Fox presents an intimate look at one family’s photographic archive buried during the Khmer Rouge, dug up and taken to the refugee camps and on to America, accruing new images, and becoming an enduring yet fragile representation of the refugee experience.”
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This month’s Literati Night will be held at Villa Grange, St 244, on Wednesday 17, from 7 pm. As ever, a variety of readings and talks are on offer.
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On Thursday 18, 7 pm at Cloud, Connection: Sad Songs and Spoken Word, featuring poets and musical performances.
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At Sanker Gallery in Battambang on Friday 19, the Lumbini World Peace Exhibition featuring works by artists from Cambodia and Nepal – also live music. From 6 pm.
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On Friday 19 Slap Paka Khmer (Khmer Collaborative Writers) present Small Avenue Poetry Night at Bophana Center on July 19, aiming to promote connections between poetry and images.  For the open mic session, poets, writers, artists and the audience are asked to bring photos and moving images along with their writing. 6.30 pm start.
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On Saturday 20, at Workspace1, Factory Phnom Penh, a skill session on photography and storytelling conducted by Chheangmeng Thay of media company Kampucheers. From 9.30 am. Khmer language event.
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On Saturday 20, from 6 pm at Meta House, Graceful yet Stiff: Cruelty Festers, a one-night-only exclusive exhibition by Sayon Syprasoeuth (USA, Cambodia) & Peg LeVine (Australia, USA): “Cruelty is not restricted to genocide and the Holocaust. We ponder how cruelty festers under the radar in places like Guantanamo Bay and detention centre cells for Indigenous children and for those seeking asylum, for green card ‘permanent’ residents in the USA deported into exile in Cambodia, and for those who endure shocking involuntary treatments in psychiatric hospitals.”
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On Sunday 21, from 7 pm at N o w h e r e Art Studio, an artist talk by artist, educator and global agitator Anida Yoeu Ali. “This specific artist talk is aimed at emerging local artists who are interested in becoming working artists. Ali will discuss the challenges of creating work as a diasporic artist whose experiences and privileges allow for perspectives that shift constantly between “insider/outsider” identities. Through performance and video works, she will present a body of work that provocatively considers the diasporic past and present contours of hybrid identities.”
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Monday 22, from 7.30 pm, Drink and Draw at Cloud – $4 for two hours with a life model in multiple poses.
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There is a call out for artists to participate in Phsar Art 2019, a two day event at The Plantation in October, organised by N o w h e r e Art Studio.  Application deadline: July 31.

Coming soon:

  • How do I look? by Sovan Philong at Batia Sarem in Siem Reap, August 3. “Sovan Philong will show an intense series based on portraits in our gallery in Siem Reap. As in all his works, Philong uses light to renew the portrait genre and therefore the way one can really look at people and reveal their true self.”
  • Y2K Art House is hosting a yoga and art retreat, July 25-28
  • At Bambu Stage in Siem Reap on July 26, a free concert by the Pacific Pride Choir
  • At Bong the Gallery, Keep the Faith, the first exhibition in Cambodia by Japanese graphic artist KHART, inspired by punk music his begin to draw when he was a teenager, from July 27.

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…


Tuesday 16, 7 pm at the new Meta House, a book launch and panel discussion led by Charles Fox, as part of the exhibition Buried, made up of photographs from www.foundcambodia.com, an online archive of family images pre- and post-Khmer Rouge.
More info

Wednesday 17, 7 pm at Villa Grange, this month’s Literati Night.
More info

Thursday 18, 7 pm at Cloud, Connection: Sad Songs and Spoken Word, featuring poets and musical performances.
More info

Friday 19, 6 pm at Sanker Gallery in Battambang, the Lumbini World Peace Exhibition featuring works by artists from Cambodia and Nepal.
More info

Friday 19, 6.30 pm, Slap Paka Khmer (Khmer Collaborative Writers) present Small Avenue Poetry Night at Bophana Center.
More info

Saturday 20, 9.30 am at Workspace1, Factory Phnom Penh, a skill session on photography and storytelling conducted by Chheangmeng Thay.
More info

Saturday 20, 6 pm at Meta House, Graceful yet Stiff: Cruelty Festers, a one-night-only exclusive exhibition by Sayon Syprasoeuth (USA, Cambodia) & Peg LeVine (Australia, USA).
More info

Sunday 21, 7 pm at N o w h e r e Art Studio, an artist talk by artist, educator and global agitator Anida Yoeu Ali.
More info

Monday 22, 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 Sa Sa Art Projects, Influence, a solo exhibition by Srun Rida, guest curated by Moeng Meta. “Srun Rida’s practice is both a processing of memories and a documenting of what happens in the past and now. In his new work presented in this exhibition, Influence, he continues his practice by observing the daily’s life in Cambodia. He became interested in objects and how people use them in everyday life.”  Until 11 September.
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At Bophana Centre is an exhibition of photographs, Water is Life – Leaving No One Behind, featuring renowned Cambodian photographer Mak Remissa and young photographers.  “The aim of the exhibition is to empower youth to tell their own stories and to shine a light on issues facing in some of the hardest to reach communities in Cambodia. This exhibition also focuses our attention on some of acute challenges that lie ahead, so that our sector can begin scaling up solutions for these communities from now onwards, so that no one is left behind.”  During July, every Friday at 4pm, young photographers will speak about their work.
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At the new Meta House on St 178 near the National Museum, Buried, an exhibition of photographs from www.foundcambodia.com, an online archive of family images pre- and post-Khmer Rouge.   “UK photographer Charles Fox presents an intimate look at one family’s photographic archive buried during the Khmer Rouge, dug up and taken to the refugee camps and on to America, accruing new images, and becoming an enduring yet fragile representation of the refugee experience.”  Then on Tuesday 16 at 7 pm Charles Fox will hold a book launch and lead a panel discussion on the Buried project.
More info

At Chinese House, Dreamscapes, watercolours by Long Lavy, his debut solo exhibition. “This group of meticulous watercolor landscapes speaks of past iterations of his life, experiences lived and now gone.”
More info

At Java Independence, the exhibition The dead eye and the deep blue sea, featuring artwork from a graphic memoir 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.”
More info

At Bong the Gallery, 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.”
More info

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.
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 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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Cloud is hosting puppet construction workshops with Marika Els on Wednesday 3 at 6.30 pm and Saturday 6 at 3 pm. Tickets $25, strictly limited.

On Thursday 4, the opening of Dreamscapes, watercolours by Long Lavy, his debut solo exhibition, at Chinese House. “This group of meticulous watercolor landscapes speaks of past iterations of his life, experiences lived and now gone.” 6 pm start.
More info

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Sunday 7, 6 pm at The Plantation, the Classical Concert Series 2019 continues with Beethoven and Schumann: Two Musical Languages, a recital by Canadian pianist Elissa Miller-Kay. $10/$3.
More info

Monday 8, from 7.30 pm, Drink and Draw at Cloud – $4 for two hours with a life model in multiple poses.
More info

Coming soon:

  • the soft reopening of Meta House in its new location, on St 178 near the National Museum on July 14. Buried, an exhibition of photographs from www.foundcambodia.com, an online archive of family images pre- and post-Khmer Rouge.  “UK photographer Charles Fox presents an intimate look at one family’s photographic archive buried during the Khmer Rouge, dug up and taken to the refugee camps and on to America, accruing new images, and becoming an enduring yet fragile representation of the refugee experience.”
  • 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 3, 6.30 pm at Cloud, a puppet construction workshops with Marika Els. Tickets $25, strictly limited.
More info

Thursday 4, 6 pm at Chinese House, the opening of Dreamscapes, watercolours by Long Lavy, his debut solo exhibition.
More info

Saturday 6, 3 pm at Cloud, a puppet construction workshops with Marika Els. Tickets $25, strictly limited.
More info

Sunday 7, 6 pm at The Plantation, the Classical Concert Series 2019 continues with Beethoven and Schumann: Two Musical Languages, a recital by Canadian pianist Elissa Miller-Kay. $10/$3.
More info

Monday 8, 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 Java Independence, the exhibition The dead eye and the deep blue sea, featuring artwork from a graphic memoir 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.”
More info

At Bong the Gallery, 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.”
More info

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

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 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