Kumnooh: Cambodia arts for week commencing 8 February, 2022


On Wednesday, 6.30 pm, as part of the Friends Futures Factory Creative Generation – Worlds Unknown art festival, an audio-visual performance by ambient composer Warren Daly, Chromothesia. The full festival programme can be downloaded here.   

On Saturday at Odom Garden, an open-air exhibition entitled MHOPe, a collaborative media project on food systems in Cambodia, featuring work from photographers such as Pidor Ham, Daniel Eang, Roun Ry, Mean Lux, Chansakun Chea, Ken Bo, Shunsuke Miyatake, Cindy Liu, Raphael Pech, Yann Bigant, Kim Sokvisal, Thomas Cristofoletti, Miguel Jeronimo and Joaquin Barata.  Food stalls, talks and activities – until March 3. 
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This Saturday morning, and the following Saturday, Ikigai Arts Center hosts The Body Electric, a physical theatre workshop presented by Shawn Thomas O’Docharty.  “We will look at dance theatre, corporeal mime, mask work, theater of objects, puppetry, Commedia Dell’arte, tragedy, melodrama, buffooning and clowning.”   Two hour sessions, starting at 10 am. 
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Saturday evening, Meta House presents Edition 1 of Short Flicks & Chill, the screening of short films by Cambodian filmmakers alongside other digital art.  From 6 pm.  
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Also Saturday at 6 pm, Sa Sa Art Projects presents a panel discussion, part of the public programme for the current exhibition Master of Lands and Waters (Mchas Teuk Mchas Dei) by Khvay SamnangLim Sokchanlin, and Vuth Lyno.  Khmer language event.
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Also also on Saturday at 6 pm, the closing of the Cambodian astronomical exhibition at Cloud, including a presentation and interpretation by five experienced photographers: Mardy SuongSonic DuranSereyWatPheak and Nara.
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On Sunday afternoon, artist Ny Vannak is hosting an open house at her new studio/working space in the area off St 51 just south of Wat Langka, near Embargo.  Exhibited will be a collection of her current work, including a collaboration with poet Scott Bywater involving photographic self-portraits a la Cindy Sherman.  Refreshments will be provided.   1 pm – 6 pm.
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I woke up early this morning
to the sound of gentle rain
now the gentleness of the sun
brings me a quiet smile
it makes me wonder
what the rest of this gentle day
will bring

Now showing at  Rosewood Phnom Penh, The Shapes of Shapes and Colours, a new collection of works by artist Pen Robit curated by Yean Raksmey of Silapak Trotchaek Pneik  art space. 
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Keep an eye out for news from Howl Cambodia about their Writers and Readers Table at The Bean Embassy in Siem Reap, complete with wall art depicting Allen Ginsberg

Kumnooh, arts guide for Cambodia – originally established in 2013, dormant since August 2020 and now back in early 2022 – aims 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.     Our email service is also now up and running again – send a ‘subscribe’ email to fabianhipp@kumnooh.com to receive Kumnooh in your inbox every Tuesday lunchtime. This is a free service but any donations are welcome to keep the ship afloat.

Coming soon:

February 18 at Sra’Art, Live painting and happy hour with Rodrigo Garzón

February 19, The Secret Garden family-friendly concert at Sofitel featuring Maki Orkestr, Master Kong Nai and much more.  Tickets available here

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)
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Are we missing something?  Let us know at fabianhipp@kumnooh.com.

See you about…

Fabian Hipp

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.  In February the work of Chhim Sothy is on display and on sale. 
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Cambodian astrophotography exhibition by five experienced photographers: Mardy SuongSonic DuranSereyWatPheak and Nara.
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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.    Until Sunday 13.
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The Gallerist
Featuring works by Stan, DinArt, TheamL and Chhim Sothy.
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Meta House
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.
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Pi-Pet-Pi Gallery
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.”
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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.” 
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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.  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. 
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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
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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.  
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The newly opened Ikigai Arts Center offer life drawing sessions on Mondays (no teacher) and Thursdays (with teacher), 6.30 pm
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Regular on Saturdays at Sra’Art offer classes in art history and techniques: 9 am for children and 11 am for adults.  
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Also regular on Saturdays mornings at Botanico, presented by Sra’Art, hour-long kids’ art sessions, 10 am and 11 am. 
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