Kumnooh: Cambodia arts for week commencing 15 February, 2022


This Thursday 17 and next at The Exchange, Thursday Tales features Theo Vallier and Thierry de Roland Peel.  From 6 pm.
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Friday 18 from 6 pm – 8 pm, Chhan Dina Gallery is open to meet the artists – Chhim Sothy and Chhan Dina – with refreshments available. 
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Friday 18 at Sra’Art, live painting and happy hour with Rodrigo Garzón, as part of the joint exhibition From Digital To Tangible, by Rodrigo and Jash Pushkin.  From 6 pm.
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Friday 18 at 9 pm, Silapak Trotchaek Pneik (STP) gallery at YK Art House hosts a soft opening and fundraiser, featuring artwork by Chan Dany, Chea Sereyroth, Chhim Sothy, Heng Ravuth, Khiev Kanel, Pen Robit, Sao Sreymao, Srey Bandaul and Svay Ken.
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This Saturday morning 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 19, The Secret Garden family-friendly concert at Sofitel featuring Maki Orkestr, Master Kong Nai and much more.  Khmer Nights article to read here.  Doors open 4 pm.   Tickets available here.

Sunday 20 at 10 am, tropical blueprints workshop with Alexia at The Plantation:  cyanotype technique, a very ancient photographic process that produces unique cyan blueprints.  Two hour session. 
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Sunday 20 at Raffles Le Royale, Europe meets the New World, featuring selections by Kurt Weill, Erwin Korngold, Paul Hindemith, Erwin Schulhoff and Samuel Barter.  With Issei Sakano (piano) and Anton Isselhardt (flute).  7 pm. 
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Monday 21 at The Box Office, filmmaker Jason ‘Camerado’ Rosette presents a selection of his short films, including Bookwars and Freedom Deal: The Story of Lucky.  Q&A to follow the screenings. 
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The Writers & Readers Table is up and running at The Bean Embassy in Siem Reap, a collaboration between the cafe, Howl Cambodia and Angkor International Festival of the Arts.  “The Table is a place to read, to be inspired, and create.”   With a special competition:  two free room-nights at Song Saa Private Island will be won by the best poem left in the dedicated Table notebook (also open to email entries: readers-writers@aifa-cambodia.com).  Also the Instagram post featuring the Table that gets the most likes wins one free room-night.  The competitions run until September 30.

Coming soon:

  • Murals for Cambodia festival launch party at Factory, February 25
  • SELF – an introspective art experience:  “a journey of exploration through the non-visible part of the SELF, towards the Unconscious.  Through four different spaces, the visitor, guided by sounds and movements, will take an hour to dive into the Unconscious, th uncontrolled part of the SELF.”    Created by Miguel Jeronimo, Rady Nget, Erick Gonzalez, Shanghai Chang and Shiva.  February 25 – April 20; audience limited to eight people at a time.  Bookings at Ikigai Arts Center or www.ikigai-artscenter.com/exhibition-store.       
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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.

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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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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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Odom Garden
MHOPe, a collaborative media project and an open-air exhibition 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 Saturdays and Sundays until March 3. 
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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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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.

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
Soft opening and fundraiser, featuring artwork by Chan Dany, Chea Sereyroth, Chhim Sothy, Heng Ravuth, Khiev Kanel, Pen Robit, Sao Sreymao, Srey Bandaul and Svay Ken.
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Space Four Zero
Prints, paintings, vintage posters, pop art, CDs and vinyl.  Open daily. 
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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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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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