Kumnooh: Cambodia arts for week commencing 26 November, 2019

Greetings:

Tonight, Tuesday 26, 6 pm at Meta House, the opening of Enemies of Reason, a photographic exhibition by leading jazz album cover photographer Thomas Wunsch, featuring abstract works shot in Phnom Penh. An artist talk will follow on Wednesday 27 at 7 pm.  “The photographs of Thomas Wunsch depict many different subjects and by making those subjects abstract – beyond recognition – he confers them a special aesthetic value. His photographs have a magical and mysterious quality and they are also very rhythmic.”
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Also tonight from 7 pm at Cloud, and then Wednesday 26 at Java Creative Café (Tuol Tom Pong) HipHopEra presents PopUpPoetry, “a gathering of writers and wordsmiths, creatives and poets, coming together to bring to you a performance of a lifetime with prose, verse, storytelling, and spoken word.”  Performers include Kosal Khiev (Cambodia) Scott Wings (Australia), Jessica Faye (Indonesia), The Intitial G (India/Cambodia), S-Dolla (Cambodia), Carlos Rodrigues (South Africa), Chansonich “Jane” Teck (Cambodia) and Andy Duggen (UK).
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On Thursday 28, from 6 pm, an artist talk by Opoku Mensah (in Khmer with English translation) at Sa Sa Art Projects. “Mensah graduated from École Nationale Supérieure Beaux-Arts in 2017. He has since participated in the Post Graduate Residency at the Van Eyck Academie and been a guest lecturer in the department of sculpture at the University of Chiang Mai. He has taken part in numerous group exhibitions, notably the 1st Lagos Biennial for Contemporary Art Living on the Edge, Afriques Capitales at La Grande Halle de la Villette, and the Biennale of Dakar, International Exposition for Contemporary African Art. He had his first solo show Incantations Encounters at Chiang Mai University Art Gallery in 2018.”
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On Friday 29 at Mirage Contemporary Art Space in Siem Reap, celebrating their third anniversary, host the opeining of Our Village by documentary photographer Roun Ry.  “The Artist will deliver a talk on January 18, 2020 and in February MIRAGE Contemporary Art Space will present a free photography workshop with photographer Serey Siv, co-founder and director.”  From 6 pm.
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On Saturday 30, at Futures Factory, the launch of Body Narratives, “a curated program of exhibitions, performances and talks exploring topics of body image, gender identity and sexuality. It is centered around the works of young Cambodian artists who utilize aesthetic tools to challenge social norms and propose openness and acceptance as the new standard.”    Figure, an exhibition by Tyl Kan and Sana Oung Ty, in the Creative Generation Gallery (restricted 18+), and In the Garden of My Own Making, a light box mural by Chau Sotort Bormin in the courtyard.  From 6 pm.
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On Saturday 30, Musica Felice present their annual open air charity concert at Sofitel Phnom Penh Phokeethra, 5 pm.  “A special blend of traditional, classical and contemporary music for your enjoyment.”  Tickets are available from Sofitel and Socials Coffee.
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In Siem Reap, the new Tribe Art Cambodia gallery at FCC Angkor continues activities to mark its launch – every week Thursdays – Saturdays for the rest of November.  From 7 pm.
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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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Registrations are now open for Brighton Stage Term 2 performing and theatre arts classes for children 4 – 16 years old.

Coming soon:

  • The next in the Dance a l’IFC  series, Storytelling, by Chumvan Sodhachivy (Belle), on December 4.
  • Blind painting with Marika Els and Justin Wolfgang at Cloud, December 5 

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…


Starting Tuesday 26 at Bophana Center, Endless Patience, a photographic English showcases the new work of Cambodian artists Tha Linda, Khuon Viset and To Malinda, with an official launch on Thursday 28 from 5.30 pm.
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Tuesday 26, 6 pm at Meta House, the opening of Enemies of Reason, a photographic exhibition by leading jazz album cover photographer Thomas Wunsch, featuring abstract works shot in Phnom Penh.
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Tuesday 26, 7 pm at Cloud, HipHopEra presents PopUpPoetry, “a gathering of writers and wordsmiths, creatives and poets, coming together to bring to you a performance of a lifetime with prose, verse, storytelling, and spoken word.”
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Wednesday 27, 7 pm at Meta House, artist talk by Thomas Wunsch as part of Enemies of Reason, a photographic exhibition.
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Wednesday 27, 7pm at Java Creative Café HipHopEra presents PopUpPoetry, “a gathering of writers and wordsmiths, creatives and poets, coming together to bring to you a performance of a lifetime with prose, verse, storytelling, and spoken word.”
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Thursday 28, 6 pm, at Sa Sa Art Projects, an artist talk by Opoku Mensah.
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Thursday – Saturday, 7 pm, the new Tribe Art Cambodia gallery at FCC Angkor in Siem Reap continues activities to mark its launch.
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Friday 29, 6 pm at Mirage Contemporary Art Space in Siem Reap, the opening of Our Village by documentary photographer Roun Ry.
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Saturday 30, 6 pm at Futures Factory, the launch of Body Narratives, “a curated program of exhibitions, performances and talks exploring topics of body image, gender identity and sexuality.” Figure, an exhibition by Tyl Kan and Sana Oung Ty, and In the Garden of My Own Making, a light box mural by Chau Sotort Bormin.
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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 Bong Bong on St 240 ½ on Saturday 16, from 7 pm, New Tradition, the first Cambodian exhibition of Bangkok-based illustrator Nut Praditsilp, aka Nutdub.
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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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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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