Kumnooh: Cambodia arts for week commencing 4 August, 2020


Friday 7 at Sra’Art Gallery, an art and wine pairing event, from 6 pm.  “Like art, wine can stimulate the senses, inducing certain reactions and evoking very specific sensations to create an emotional experience.”   Ten different wines for $25, limited to 25 participants.
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Also on Friday 7, #MIRAGEinsight at Mirage Contemporary Art Space in Siem Reap is a projection night showcasing work submitted in response to an invitation to digital artists in Cambodia.  “Join us and be moved, surprised, amused, and inspired.”  An additional programme will be shown the following week, Friday 14.
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Saturdays in August, Java Tuol Tom Pong presents A new dawn, by dance troup New Cambodian Artists.   Doors open 6.30 pm, tickets $15.  “This piece reflects the past two years of NCA – the travels and performances in and outside of Cambodia. The international teachers and fellow artists we have worked with made us realize contemporary dance is an international language with people from all over the world cooperating together. This piece is an ode to our teachers and influences from Japan to Germany, from Britain to Holland. NCA, the world is our stage.”
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On Saturday evening from 6.30 pm, Synapse 1.0, a collaboration between Dopamine KH and Phnom Penh Dance Studio.  “For a few hours you will enter a space that has been specially prepared to stimulate your Synapses in a fun and entertaining way. We focus on bringing different aspect of arts together in one event.”  The event includes live painting, an exhibition by KOK, dance performances and DJs.
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Saturday night at Good Times X, the new gallery/hostel/rooftop bar on the corner of Sts 19 and 172, the opening of a photographic exhibition, Before the Fall: Phnom Penh 1973 – April 7th, 1975, selected photos from Dancers 1973 and Phnom Penh Before the Fall: Snapshots From a Besieged City by Colin Grafton.   Gallery talk by Colin at 6.30 pm, followed by a Japanese interpretation by Keiko Kitamura, then music from Blues Routes with special guest Sokim Keat on chapei dong veng.
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Coming soon:

  • At Meta House on Tuesday 11, the opening of a joint photographic exhibition, Cambodia before COVID, featuring the work of Steve Porte, Jean Francois Perigois, Thomas Hommeyer and Raphael Pech.  “This exhibition offers a selection of random images by four local photographers, all made prior to March 2020. The goal is simply to illustrate daily life across the country before the onset of COVID-19.”
  • Howl Cambodia is hosting a poetry night/word jam at Miss Wong’s in Siem Reap on August 13, featuring Phnom Penh poet Scott Bywater’s Siem Reap launch of his new volume the dream orchestra keeps playing the same tune
  • The next Thursday Tales event upstairs at The Exchange will be held on August 20

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.

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Fabian Hipp




Java Creative Café has declared its Open Walls on-line exhibition open, with works by a variety of artists from the Phnom Penh community.  You can view it here

Sa Sa Art Projects’ current exhibition, Elements by Mech Choulay & Mech Sereyrath, runs to 7 August.  Viewing available online or gallery visit by appointment.  “The two artists use performance and personal actions in the form of photographs and videos to shed light on the resilience of nature against the destruction caused by humans.”
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As part of the Sra’Art Human Interaction cycle, the gallery presents work by Kok.  “Kok created his pieces by starting from a small dot of paint, putting the thousand of small dots together to create unique pieces full of color and pleasure to the eyes!”
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Kampot Art Gallery presents Chan Phoun and Vodka in one exhibition.  “Besides the exhibition there’s a fish room to dive through and a gift shop with Mathilda Graphic designs, upcycled jewellery, comicbooks by Nicolas C. Grey, greeting cards and art supplies.”
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Transit, an exhibition by Marie Le Mounier and Studio Images, at the French Institute.  “It enters into her concerns regarding the portrayal of reality, in which she shows people questioning the inner working of their urban environment, which they constantly keep passing through.”
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Every Wednesday at Azure Bar & Grill, Sip and Draw with Olga Shkylar – $20 for a two hour workshop; includes drawing materials and a drink.
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Also on Thursdays, Sra’Art is holding a kids’ art club, with art-based activities for kids of different ages through the day.
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