Kumnooh: Cambodia arts for week commencing 2 October, 2019

Greetings:

Tonight, Wednesday 2, at the French Institute, as part of their Dance a l’IFC series, a dance performance, Trinomial, directed by Chumvan Sodhachivy (Belle).  $10 door charge with funds going to dance company SilverBell.  7 pm start.
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Commencing this Thursday 3, Number 26 Art Shop’s monthly exhibition is Kampell Soup, by visual artist Max Rex Fox.  From 7 pm.
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Friday 4, 8 pm at Meta House, a talk by Swiss photographer and cinematographer, Beat Presser, who worked extensively with German documentary maker Werner Herzog.   He has worked over the years in many different fields – from still photography to documentary filmmaking, and he will introduce you to his past and current work in South East Asia.
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On Saturday 5, 3 pm at Bophana Center, a press conference is being held by the 3rd Khmer Literature Festival to be held October 11-13 in Phnom Penh.  The festival opening event will be on Friday 11 at 6 pm, also at Bophana Center.
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Sunday 6, 6 pm at Meta House, the opening of I Am A Daughter, a photo series by Cambodian journalist / photographer Mech Sereyrath, “aiming to discover the challenges which Cambodian girls encounter when they pursue their dreams.  Sereyrath graduated from the Department of Media and Communications of the Royal University of Phnom Penh in 2018. She has exhibited her works with a social/environmental cause in Phnom Penh and other Cambodian cities.”

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Monday 7, 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:

  • 11 and 12 October, the Sofitel Classical Music Festival presents the Cambodian Opera Project’s production of Pagliacci.
  • At House of Scott, Standing Rubble, an exhibition by Rena Chheang in collaboration with Limhay Chhum showcasing Phnom Penh in two contrasting points of view: characteristic colonial buildings and complex futuristic representations. 17 October.
  • At Bong the Gallery, I Know We Will Talk About It Again, an exhibition by Sosoth Sovankong/KWN23 from the HOMELESS Artists Collective. “Reminisce the artist’s journey through contemporary art and his experimental art practice evolving street art to paintings on canvas and installations. The artist practice takes on a turn of the influence of Sanskrit. To him, this specific language embodies an expression of certain emotion that cannot be described in vocal words. Each artwork contains many layers of paintings throughout the period of experiment until the artist sees fit.”   October 19.
  • Phsar Art 2019 at Plantation, October 19-20, 9 am – 6 pm. “These artists have been selected based on experience – from super fresh, emerging to senior; their use of different mediums, techniques and visual aesthetic; and from various nationalities and cultures. Through this selection, we hope the audience, especially Cambodian youth, will be exposed to the endless possibilities of art-making.”

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.

Are we missing something?  Let us know at fabianhipp@kumnooh.com.

See you about…

Fabian Hipp

Kumnooh
fabianhipp@kumnooh.com


In brief: new and returning…


Wednesday 2, 7 pm at the French Institute, a dance performance, Trinomial, directed by Chumvan Sodhachivy (Belle).
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Thursday 3, 7 pm at Number 26 Art Shop, the opening of Kampell Soup, by visual artist Max Rex Fox.  From 7 pm.
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Friday 4, 8 pm at Meta House, a talk by Swiss photographer and cinematographer, Beat Presser, who worked extensively with German documentary maker Werner Herzog.
More info

Saturday 5, 3 pm at Bophana Center, a press conference is being held by the 3rd Khmer Literature Festival to be held October 11-13 in Phnom Penh.
More info

Sunday 6, 6 pm at Meta House, the opening of I Am A Daughter, a photo series by Cambodian journalist / photographer Mech Sereyrath.

Monday 7, 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 the French Institute Aboard a Khmer touk, an exhibition of drawings by illustrator and traveller Guillaume Reynard.
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At Sa Sa Art Projects, Ricefield Mirages, a solo exhibition by Chea Sereyroth.  “The role of rice is fundamental to Cambodian culture. From time immemorial, seasonal demands of its cultivation have dominated peoples’ lives, yet nurtured souls.  With the perspective of a child brought up in the country tilling rice, before having to leave for studying and working in the city, the artist offers eight artworks.”  Until November 27.

At Bophana Center, She’s Dressing Up, an exhibition by artist Chan Sophorn and costume designer Sambath Udom.  “She’s Dressing Up wants to describe the beauty of women and jewelries, with a mix of art, such as clothing, and paintings. The exhibition also wants to showcase the creative work of the artists and it is a common message between the artists to come together regardless their different skills.”  Until October 5.
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At Cloud, Senses, a mixed media fine art show by Chris Stewart.  “Senses is all about exploring how photography can affect all of the senses, not just the visual. Space, touch, emotion, sound and even taste can be explored using photography, which can be enhanced using mixed media. This artistic exploration uses photography as the base, moving into new dimensions. Senses takes what you know about photography and expands it beyond what can simply be seen.”
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At Mirage Contemporary Art Space in Siem Reap, Her Sounds, a multimedia research project and exhibition by photographer Neak Sophal and ethnomusicologist Emily Howe, “celebrating the passion, persistence, and power of Cambodia’s women artists through image, sound, and story.”  Until November 25.
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At the House of Scott (St 228), Open Studio Cambodia presents Lavy Long’s second solo exhibition. “The group of curated watercolor landscapes provide insights into past iterations of his life such as his time as professional Khmer kickboxer and tuk tuk driver.”  Until October 17.
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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 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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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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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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