Kumnooh: Cambodia arts for week commencing 29 October, 2019

Greetings:

The 10th annual Phnom Penh Photo Festival continues at multiple locations, including Bophana Center and Futures Factory.  “An important intercultural exchange between European and Asian photographers, Photo Phnom Penh remains the major photography rendez-vous in South-East Asia.”
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Friday 1 through to Sunday 3 at Hotel Raffles – Le Royale, the 16th International Music Festival Phnom Penh, marking the 200th birthday of Clara Schumann by highlighting works by European female composers.
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Saturday 2, 6 pm at Dambaul, #18E3 (3rd floor), Sothearos Blvd, near Wat Ounalom, Exhibiting the Contested Modern in Post-independence Cambodia, an artist talk by Vuth Lyno, artist, curator and artistic director of Sa Sa Art Projects.  “This talk discusses various competing narratives of exhibiting modernity during Cambodia’s post-independence including the 1955 International Exposition of Phnom Penh, the American Festival 1956-57, and the display at the Exhibition Hall of Phnom Penh’s Bassac River Front during the 1960s.”   About the venue:  “Dambaul (meaning “Rooftop”) is an arts resource home – a reading room, an art archive, and a space for the sharing of knowledge – for curious and passionate minds. It was founded in 2019 in response to the needs of the local arts community. We are actively building our collection of international art and culture-related books, with a focus on Southeast Asia.”
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Also Saturday 2, 7 pm at Meta House, Asia South East Short Film Festival, “a seasonal film festival that gives international audiences from Asia, Europe and North America who are living or travelling in the south east of Asia a chance to see a wide variety of the great short films that are being produced from around the world.”
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Every Monday, from 7.30 pm, Drink and Draw at Cloud – $4 for two hours with a life model in multiple poses.
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Every Monday, 7.30 pm to 9.30 pm, Drink and Draw at La Kh’Mère Poulart, Siem Reap.
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Posted this week on the Howl, the Siem Reap-based writing blog, an article by Sue Guiney, founder and CEO of Writing Through:  some words on what inspires her organisation and its vision of fostering education and self-esteem through creative writing.

Coming soon:

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.

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Fabian Hipp

Kumnooh
fabianhipp@kumnooh.com

In brief: new and returning…

The 10th annual Phnom Penh Photo Festival continues at multiple locations, including Bophana Center and Futures Factory.
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Friday 1Sunday 3 at Hotel Raffles – Le Royale, the 16th International Music Festival Phnom Penh.
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Saturday 2, 6 pm at Dambaul, #18E3 (3rd floor), Sothearos Blvd, near Wat Ounalom, Exhibiting the Contested Modern in Post-independence Cambodia, an artist talk by Vuth Lyno.
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Saturday 2, 7 pm at Meta House, Asia South East Short Film Festival.
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Every Monday, from 7.30 pm, Drink and Draw at Cloud – $4 for two hours with a life model in multiple poses.
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Every Monday, 7.30 pm to 9.30 pm, Drink and Draw at La Kh’Mère Poulart, Siem Reap.
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Ongoing…. exhibitions, dance performances and others


Exhibitions:  

At Bong the Gallery, Dark Matter, an exhibition featuring works by Douglas Victor, textured and abstract paintings on canvas.  “Dark matter, a component of the universe whose presence is discerned from its gravitational attraction rather than its luminosity,and we don’t know its nature yet.   Currently many experiments around the world are searching for dark matter and we hope that in the near future we will solve the mystery of dark matter and understand its properties.”

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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.
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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.

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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