Kumnooh: Cambodia arts for week commencing 5 April 2022


Plenty going on before things slow down for Khmer New Year, and nicely spread through the week to boot. 
Tonight, Tuesday 5 at Bophana Center, the opening of Dan Anuar (Memory), an exhibition featuring works by 14 young Khmer artists, curated by Kimsan Sou.  “Memory became the main message of our first exhibition through our works on display, reminiscent of memories and experiences we have learned and experienced in the past.”   From 5.30 pm; until April 29.
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On Wednesday 6 at Ikigai Arts Center, an evening with traveller, illustrator and storyteller Raphael Seyfried, aka Travel Roll.   “At a time when travel and the narration of it has never been so accessible, where tourism places are consumed and consuming, where the “postcard” selfie will become our Facebook identity, travel will remain a tool of freedom, pilgrimate, and inner revolution that must be told, shared and exhibited.   From 6 pm. 
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On Friday 7, Sa Sa Art Projects presents Angkor and Rome: an open studio with artist Slovak visual artist and curator Jaro Varga, their current artist in residence.  Informal conversation with Jaro from 3 pm, presentation from 6 pm.  “During his residency at Sa Sa Art Projects, Jaro Varga was intrigued by the phenomenon of the emergence of a new satellite city inspired by European imperial architecture on the outskirts of Phnom Penh. While exploring unfinished and imposing Paris-like boulevards and eclectic residential districts, the artist reflected on the newly emerging heterotopic public space.  Through the mosaic, a European art technique, the artist transforms a fragment of a traditional painting from the epic Reamker, a Khmer adaptation of the Ramayana, depicting Hanuman and Suvannamaccha touching hands.”
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Phnom Penh Players are holding cast and crew auditions on Friday 8 April for their June comedy production, Grave Affairs – a double feature of Running on Empty & Casket for Two by Jean-Pierre Martinez
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This weekend French-Guatemalan visual artist and long time Phnom Penh resident Erick Gonzalez is opening his new gallery, L’Atelier d’Erick Gonzalez, on St 282 near St 57, with a range of his artwork on display.  “A versatile artist, he creates installations, objects, digital works, photography and painting. The reason for such diversity is none other than its constant search for harmony between the medium and the concept. His works focus mainly on social issues, identity, memory and spirituality.”  Saturday 3 pm – 8 pm and Sunday 3 pm – 6.30 pm.
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Erick Gonzalez: Visual silence

Saturday 9 at 6 pm on Kampot at Hotel Old Cinema, the opening of Street Knowledge: The Kingdom of Hustles, a mixed media exhibition by Markus Dixon exploring the possibilities of the ubiquitous Cambodian street tile. There will be an accompanying concert, The Kingdom of Hustles Mixtape, featuring old Cambodian songs reimagined with hip hop beats and contemporary singers.

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Last chance this week to catch the exhibition The Past is the Road to the Future by Chan Phuon at Pi-Pet-Pi Gallery, closing on Sunday 10.  “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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Coming soon:

At La Java Bleue in Kampot, a photographic exhibition by Aurelie Fischer opening on April 15
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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
An on-going display of Chhan Dina’s work from throughout her career is augmented, on a rolling schedule, with works of contemporary masters.  In April an exhibition of works by the Community of Artists, Time, is on display.   #178 St 13, near the National Museum. 
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The Gallerist
Featuring works by Stan, DinArt, TheamL and Chhim Sothy.  In April an exhibition of the works of TheamL.   “Discover TheamL’s most emblematic paintings, portraits and life scenes of Cambodian monks.”
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Ikigai Arts Center
Until April 20, Ikigai Arts Centre presents 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.  Audience limited to eight people at a time.  Bookings at Ikigai Arts Center or www.ikigai-artscenter.com/exhibition-store.      
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La Java Bleue  (Kampot)
Exhibition of paintings by Paul Charles Kitchingman, until 31 March.   Media:  Le Petit Journal
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Meta House
Astrophotography Cambodia presents An Evening Under Mekong Skies, an exhibition of space and night sky images taken by Sonic Duran and his fellow astrophotographers in Cambodia: Nara Tsitra, Mardy Suong, Sereywat Chea, Koy Vireak and Piak Lim.  Introductory workshops will be offered weekly through April.    
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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.” Until 10 April.
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N o w h e r e Art Studio presents a group exhibition, Toch Toch, at Plantation. “Toch Toch showcases 26 multinational artists from different levels and artistic backgrounds selected from an open call and exhibit more than 200 small pieces of varied, original artworks ranging from doodles, paintings, and silkscreens to embroideries and ceramics.”  Until 1 May. 

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.  Media:  Cambodge magazine 

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. 
Shophouse Gallery
For the month of March, a Frida Falcón exhibition of paintings: Portraits of Friends I Don’t Have.  Saturdays and Sundays, 12 – 6 pm. 
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Silapak Trotchaek Pneik // by YK Art House
The Artist event #2:  Chan Dany.  “For two months (February 15 – April 15), the artist will research and produce a new body of work. He wants to invite you to visit his sacred space, where his creative process will be seen from today onwards.”
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Space Four Zero
Prints, paintings, vintage posters, pop art, CDs and vinyl.  Open daily. 
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Happy Painting by Stéphane Delaprée.  “After being a famous comic book writer in Quebec in the 80s and then a comic book editor for 6 years, Steph came to Cambodia and devoted himself fully to painting. He became a prestigious artist thanks to his famous “Happy paintings”. Since the 90’s, Stephane has had many exhibitions in Asia and has opened several galleries during 1/4 of a century.”
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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 Thursdays, with teacher), 6.30 pm
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Ikigai Arts Center, as part of their interactive SELF – an introspective art experience presentation, offer a SELF-portrait class in mixed media, Saturdays at 10 am, until April 9. 
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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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Regular art workshops with various topics at N o w h e r e art studio – check for weekly updates. 
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