Kumnooh: Cambodia arts for week commencing 6 August, 2019

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On Thursday 8, 6 pm at Sa Sa Art Projects, an artist talk by Soojin Chang. “Soojin Chang’s artistic practice is led by an inquiry into political and individual trauma, particularly the way these are internalised and inherited in the body schema. Her performance and video works are driven by examinations into the agency and fertility of both humans and nonhumans. Her work aims to deconstruct systems of oppression and power in order to rethink ecological destruction. She uses appropriation to challenge authorship and renegotiate representations, survival mechanisms, and immigration patterns of colonised cultures and diasporas.” In English with Khmer interpretation.
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Also on Thursday 8 at Chinese House, French Duets, a concert by Marina Moth, Florent Charpentier and Chloe Chaumeron, featuring voices, clarinet, violin and a guitar duo. “French Duets celebrates Marina Moth’s first visit to Cambodia after her parents moved to France before she was born. Curious about her family’s home country, she embarks on a journey to discover her roots while her passion for music holds her hand throughout this discovery.” Doors open at 7 pm.
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Also also on Thursday 8, at 7 pm, the opening of the new monthly exhibition at Number 26 Art Shop Gallery on St 118, with works by photographic journalist Craig Skehan, and featuring a reading by poet Scott Bywater from his newly published long-form poem Red River from 8 pm.
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On Friday 9 at Cloud, the opening of No Need To Be Coy, an exhibition of paintings by Troy Campbell, featuring a reading by poet Scott Bywater, whose volumes of poetry have used Troy’s work on the cover. “All of the work in this exhibition was created in my tiny ‘teacher’s apartment’ in Jeonju, South Korea, and was created entirely from Korean and SE Asian materials. Like so many journeys in my life, my journey as an English teacher began here in Phnom Penh, and my work is very much informed by the balancing of contrasts one has to do here in the Charming City.” From 7.30 pm.
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From Saturday 10 at 5 pm, KBach Gallery will host an exhibition of photographs, Underrated Heritage Buildings. “This unique photo exhibition is aimed at revealing the 50 hidden locations of Cambodia’s rarely-exposed heritage buildings from the colonial period (1863-1953) to Sangkum Reastr Niyum period (1955-1970) all over the kingdom.” Show only runs to Monday 12.
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At Dambaul in Siem Reap on Saturday 10, a presentation and discussion about a multimedia research project and exhibition, Her Sounds, by photographer Neak Sophal and ethnomusicologist Emily Howe, “celebrating the passion, persistence, and power of Cambodia’s women artists through image, sound, and story.” The project will launch at Mirage Contemporary Art Space in Siem Reap on August 23.
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Monday 12, 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:

  • I want to study, an exhibition of photographs by Samuel Hocking, at Meta House from August 15. “The project “I Want to Study”, began two years ago. It looks at six young Cambodians from lower socio-economic and disadvantaged backgrounds and the challenges they face in pursuit of an education. They give a face to the real human issues that confront Cambodian youth today and transform mere statistics to young lives that really matter.”
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In brief: new and returning…


On Thursday 8, 6 pm at Sa Sa Art Projects, an artist talk by Soojin Chang.
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Thursday 8, 7 pm at Chinese House, French Duets, a concert by Marina Moth, Florent Charpentier and Chloe Chaumeron, featuring voices, clarinet, violin and a guitar duo.
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Thursday 8, at 7 pm at Number 26 Art Shop Gallery on St 118, the opening of the new monthly exhibition with works by photographic journalist Craig Skehan, and featuring a reading by poet Scott Bywater from 8 pm.
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Friday 9, 7.30 pm at Cloud, the opening of No Need To Be Coy, an exhibition of paintings by Troy Campbell.
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Saturday 10, 5 pm at KBach Gallery, an exhibition of photographs, Underrated Heritage Buildings.
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Saturday 10, 6.30 pm at Dambaul in Siem Reap, a presentation and discussion about a multimedia research project and exhibition, Her Sounds, by photographer Neak Sophal and ethnomusicologist Emily Howe.
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Monday 12, 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:

Bophana Center presents Alive, an exhibition of photographs by Kim Hak. “A journey of discovery has taken the artist Kim Hak from his home town of Battambang to other parts of Cambodia and on to Australia and New Zealand. In 2018, with support from the Rei Foundation, Kim Hak spent time with 12 Cambodian families now in New Zealand, documenting their personal objects that hold the stories from their journey in surviving the Khmer Rouge and refugee camps and then resettling far from their homeland.”
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At TRIBE Cambodia in Siem Reap, The Space Between, the debut solo exhibition of linocuts by Morn Chear, presented by Open Studio Cambodia. “Drawn free-hand and then meticulously chiseled, Morn’s images playfully depict everyday scenes from his personal life: his wife washes the laundry by hand, a dog takes a nap in the alley, fish grill on a small barbecue, he rides his motorbike into the distance.”
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At Batia Sarem in Siem Reap, How do I look?, an exhibition of portraits by photographer Sovan Philong 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.”
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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.
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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 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.”
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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.”
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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.”
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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.
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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 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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