Kumnooh: Cambodia arts for week commencing 15 October, 2019

Greetings:

On Wednesday 16 at Villa Grange, St 244, the next meeting of the Literati Society of Phnom Penh, with a range of readings – 7 pm for 7.30 pm.

On Thursday 17 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.  6 – 8 pm.
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Also on Thursday 17, 6 pm at Sa Sa Art Projects, Merge: Open studio with artist Prak Dalin.  “Dalin graduated in architecture. She is interested in the growth of the country and the impact of the development to nature and human. She captivated by the use of construction materials to create installation art by turning these materials into another perspective of her expression. She wants to bring her architectural experiences and what she can do to create a structural architecture form that at the same time appear like an artwork for a purpose of connecting architecture with art. During the residency, Dalin gives herself a freedom to use her invention spirit and imagination of what she has seen, felt and what her material could represent.”
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On Friday 18, 7 pm at Meta House, Female Construction Worker, a real time audio-video music performance project.  There will be a screening of Strength by Cambodian director Sopheak Sao, followed by the performance of original music inspired by the film by James Speck on grand piano and Michelle Neukirchen on cello, then a Q&A with the director.
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Java Creative Café Tuol Tom Pong presents a series of dance-theatre creation workshops facilitated by Eric Ellul, Saturdays 9 am – 12 pm, over the next month.  Free sessions for students.
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On Saturday 19 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.”   From 6 pm.
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On Saturday 19 and Sunday 20, 9 am – 6 pm, Phsar Art 2019 at Plantation.  “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.”
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Monday 21, 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:

  • The 10th annual Phnom Penh Photo Festival will open on October 24 and continue for one month at locations including the French Institute
  • The Phnom Penh Players’ next show will be 3 Steps to Supernova, “an original psychological drama on mental health and the perils of irresponsibility,” October 24, 25, 26. Tickets $10 on sale at The Box Office – Phnom Penh, Cloud, Teddy Bear Restaurant and KBach Gallery.
  • Sip and Paint workshop at The Bridge SOHO, level 13 with Charity of Zyct Artistry – beginner friendly. $23, includes art supplies, drinks and snacks.  October 26.
  • November 2, Exhibiting the Contested Modern in Post-independence Cambodia, an artist talk by Vuth Lyno, artist, curator and artistic director of Sa Sa Art Projects. In Khmer with English translation, at Dambaul, #18E3 (3rd floor), Sothearos Blvd, near Wat Ounalom.

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 16, 7.30 pm at Villa Grange, St 244, the next meeting of the Literati Society of Phnom Penh.

Thursday 17, 6 pm at House of Scott, Standing Rubble, an exhibition by Rena Chheang in collaboration with Limhay Chhum showcasing Phnom Penh, contrasting colonial buildings and complex futuristic representations.
More info

Thursday 17, 6 pm at Sa Sa Art Projects, Merge: Open studio with artist Prak Dalin.  “Dalin graduated in architecture. She is interested in the growth of the country and the impact of the development to nature and human.”
More info

Friday 18, 7 pm at Meta House, Female Construction Worker, a screening of Strength by Cambodian director Sopheak Sao, followed by the performance of original music inspired by the film by James Speck and Michelle Neukirchen.
More info

Saturday 19 and following weeks, 9 am, Java Creative Café Tuol Tom Pong presents a series of dance-theatre creation workshops facilitated by Eric Ellul.
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Saturday 19, 6 pm at Bong the Gallery, I Know We Will Talk About It Again, an exhibition by Sosoth Sovankong/KWN23 from the HOMELESS Artists Collective.
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Saturday 19 and Sunday 20, 9 am – 6 pm, Phsar Art 2019 at Plantation.  “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.”
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Monday 21, 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:  

Thursday 10, at 6 pm, the opening of Folding Concrete, an exhibition on Cambodian modern architecture and urbanism curated by Pen Sereypagna and Vuth Lyno.  The address is 122E4, alley lane behind St 107 (Sok Hok), south west of the Charles de Gaulle Blvd and Monivong Blvd intersection.  “Folding Concrete presents some interwoven narratives of modernism in Cambodia through architecture and urbanism and their social and cultural histories. The exhibition primarily considers the period of post-independence during the 1950s-70s, yet also extends its view back to the prior late colonial period and forward to the present time.”  Until 3 November.
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At Meta House, 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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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.
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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 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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Every Monday Dance Flow, an improvisation and partnering workshop led by Eric Ellul at Nataraj Yoga, #52 St. 302.  Donation-based sessions, 6.30 – 8.15 pm.

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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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