From last week:
The time has come for a relaunch of Kumnooh, arts guide for Cambodia – originally established in 2013 but dormant since August 2020 – aiming to deliver a weekly guide covering contemporary visual and graphic arts, sculpture, dance, architecture, cinema and some music – for the rock’n’roll and jazz end of the spectrum check out lengpleng.com. It may take a while to get back up to speed, with old art spaces now closed and new ones springing up; please let us know if there are things we are missing, particularly outside Phnom Penh where we are rather thin. Our email service is also now up and running again – send a ‘subscribe’ email to firstname.lastname@example.org to receive Kumnooh in your inbox every Tuesday lunchtime. This is a free service but any donations are welcome to keep the ship afloat.
And now on with the listings.
Wednesday 2, 6 pm at Meta House, a double book launch and presentation by Glen Felgate, (From Phnom Penh with Love) and Matthew Robinson (Duel for Supremacy).
Friday 4, from 5 pm, meet woodcut artist Morn Chear at Shophouse Studio gallery on Street 110.
Friday 4, 6 pm at Sra’Art, an artist talk by Rodrigo Garzón. “I am a self-taught visual artist from Mexico City, currently living in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. With my paintings, I seek to explore the cyber-nature of human kind: a sort of balance between the digital self and its organic counterpart; trying to find a certain beauty within the erratic coexistence of both realities.”
Opening Friday 4 and continuing until Sunday 13: Friends Futures Factory – Creative Generation – Worlds Unknown. A long list of workshops, poetry readings, artist talks, performances and more. There are five exhibitions on view daily from 2 pm – 9pm: Resistance: To Live, Ry Roun; Ambivalence: Macrocosm, Song Seakleng, Untold Story, Mech Choulay, Mindfulness, Kong Siden; Reflection, Vong Chandarey. Full programme can be downloaded here.
Saturday 5, 11 am to 6 pm, it’s the grand opening for Ikigai Arts Center on St 240, featuring performances, workshops, activities galore.
Also on Saturday 5 at 6 pm, Chhan Dina Gallery opens a display of recent works by Chhim Sothy. More details to come via their Facebook page.
And also also on Saturday 5, 6 pm at Sra’Art, the Sip & Paint Chinese New Year special – materials, drinks and support – $25 for a two hour session. (Plus the regular Thursday session)
Newly opened on the corner of Sts 240 and 19 is The Gallerist contemporary art gallery. The month of January features works by Stan, DinArt, TheamL and Chhim Sothy.
February 18 at Sra’Art, Live painting and happy hour with Rodrigo Garzón.
February 20 at Raffles Le Royale, Europe meets the New World, selections by Kurt Weill, Erwin Korngold, Paul Hindemith, Erwin Schulhoff and Samuel Barter. With Issei Sakano (piano) and Anton Isselhardt (flute)
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.
Are we missing something? Let us know at email@example.com.
See you about…
Ongoing…. exhibitions, dance performances and others
Chhan Dina Gallery
Newly opened at #178 St 13, near the National Museum. An on-going display of Chhan Dina’s work from throughout her career will be augmented, on a rolling schedule, with works of contemporary masters such as Chhim Sothy, Leang Seckon and Suos Sodavy.
January features works by Stan, DinArt, TheamL and Chhim Sothy.
White, an exhibition by Koem Keosocheat. “Through intricate large-format pencil drawing, the artist explores gender roles and gender equality in past and present Cambodia.” Note the new address for Meta House, #48 Street 228.
The Past is the Road to the Future by Chan Phuon. “For these works are made according to the changing situation of Cambodia. The current rich in all kinds of machines and the development of new machines in the future. Some people who live in the modern world and are obsessed with new technologies, in part, lose their identity, which is rich in art and culture. And those people will have to face a wandering life that does not know who they are.”
Romcheik5 Art Space
Whose Fault is it? by Chanpenh Nget. “Throughout 15 paintings, he describes a country in chiaroscuro where the skins are coppery but the skies leaden … alternating a diversity of browns and grays, tanned skins under dark skies. In the background of his paintings, all in the semi-darkness, the weather is not nice … The sun never shines in Chanpenh’s kingdom.”
Sa Sa Art Projects
Mchas Teuk Mchas Dei (Master of Lands and Waters) by Khvay Samnang, Lim Sokchanlina and Vuth Lyno. Limited number of visitors in the gallery space at a time. Visits to the exhibition must follow Covid-19 safety procedure. A group exhibition by Cambodian arts collective Stiev Selapak. The exhibition introduces their recent works in the form of videos, sculptures, photographs, and light installation, focusing on beliefs in nature and practices in the supernatural, animism, and the powerful spirits that take care of our homes, lands, people, animals, and living beings. Until 31 March.
Silapak Trotchaek Pneik // by YK Art House
Wings of tomorrow by Pen Robit.
This series has its genesis in my lifelong fascination with the concepts of and the correlation between power, military, governmentality and subjectivity.” Media: Sovrin Magazine (Khmer); KleyKley Magazine (Khmer); Phnom Penh Post (English) Until 10 February.
From Digital To Tangible, by Rodrigo Garzón, self-taught visual artist from Mexico City, currently living in Phnom Penh, and Jash Pushkin an all-round Russian artist best known for his colorful tattoo-orientated art. Media: CambodgeMag
Regular events, classes, sessions:
Thursdays 6 pm at Sra’Art, the weekly Sip & Paint event – materials, drinks and support – $25 for a two hour session.
The newly opened Ikigai Arts Center offer life drawing sessions on Mondays (no teacher) and Thursdays (with teacher), 6.30 pm
Regular on Saturdays at Sra’Art offer classes in art history and techniques: 9 am for children and 11 am for adults.
Also regular on Saturdays mornings at Botanico, presented by Sra’Art, hour-long kids’ art sessions, 10 am and 11 am.