Tonight, Tuesday, at Meta House, the opening of Empowered, a new group exhibition of young Cambodian watercolour artists from Siem Reap from the Colors of Cambodia organisation. The show is curated by Sovannareach Po, an 11th-grade student from the Liger Leadership Academy. Featuring work by Sophany Sor, Set Sing, Loun lon, Sorm Narath, Channarak Thy, and Soleng Lem.
On Friday at Sra’Art, the closing party for the Happy Painting exhibition by Stéphane Delaprée. From 7 pm.
This Saturday at Plantation the opening of AKéClick, an exhibition of photography by Aurelie Fischer. Features Kampot salt fields – Beyond the Reflection – and Angkor – Lost in the Temples. From 4 pm; until June 21.
Continuing at Pi-Pet-Pi Gallery is Storysharing: Untold Cambodia, a video installation, created by Metaestetica Lab. “Beyond religion, civil war, and the political debates, what remains of daily life in Cambodia.” 4 – 7 pm, Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 May.
Saturday, 6.30 pm at Ikigai Arts Center, Jean-Baptiste Phou presents two of his works: a reading of 80 words from Cambodia (in English) and a screening of My Mother’s Tongue: a journey of words (in Khmer, with English & Khmer subtitles). “A video of evolving and moving illustrations produced by the artist Sao Sreymao accompanies the sound work; creating a visual story about the complexity of parentage.”
This month on display at The Gallerist are works by Japanese painter Takakazu Yamada, a guest professor at the Royal University of Fine Arts in Phnom Penh.
This month at Raffles Le Royal – Le Phnom 1929 is the exhibition Transformed by Hom Rith presented by Sra’Art.
Romcheik5 Art Space announces the publication of their first book: The beginning of the journey by Seyha Hour. “This book retraces the ten-year journey since his first painting and includes both the artworks presented in our museum and those sold to private collectors.”
Howl Cambodia presents Books and Verse, a night of new books including open mic poetry, at YK Arthouse on Friday 20 May, 7 pm. Readers include Moni Tep, David S. Wills, Wayne McCallum and Scott Bywater.
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
Air Gallery at Factory Phnom Penh
Sa Sa Art Projects presents Quest, an exhibition by Battambang artist Chea Sereyroth. “Having learned the traditional Romjek mat weaving method – a slowly disappearing practice – and produced during the last two years of the COVID-19 pandemic, Sereyroth introduces 33 mats with acrylic, sawdust, mud, and soil, narrating stories of evictions, migrations, food security, and spirituality. Quest testifies to Sereyroth’s commitment to a locally conscious practice and amplification of voices of the vulnerable populations.” Until 28 May.
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 and up-and-coming painters.
Featuring works by Stan, TheamL, Chhoeun Channy, Ny Vannak, Nou Sary
and Chhim Sothy.
La Java Bleue (Kampot)
Le chat et la magie de Kampot, an exhibition of paintings by Vera Persiyanova.
Empowered, a new group exhibition of young Cambodian watercolour artists from Siem Reap from the Colors of Cambodia organisation. The show is curated by Sovannareach Po, an 11th-grade student from the Liger Leadership Academy. Featuring work by Sophany Sor, Set Sing, Loun lon, Sorm Narath, Channarak Thy, and Soleng Lem.
Storysharing: Untold Cambodia, a video installation, created by Metaestetica Lab. “Beyond religion, civil war, and the political debates, what remains of daily life in Cambodia.” 4 – 7 pm, 30 April/1 May, 7/8 May.
AKéClick, an exhibition of photography by Aurelie Fischer. Features Kampot salt fields – Beyond the Reflection – and Angkor – Lost in the Temples. Until June 21.
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.”
Phnom Penh is for Pineapple, an exhibition by Srdan Ilic. Gallery open from 12 to 6 pm daily. #91 EO Street 110, near the Old Market; enter at the plant shop Jungle à Domicile.
Space Four Zero
Prints, paintings, vintage posters, pop art, CDs and vinyl. Open daily.
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.” Until 6 May.
Regular events, classes, sessions:
Improv Cambodia now offer weekly improv classes, Wednesdays from 7 pm at Ikigai Arts Center.
Thursdays 6 pm at Sra’Art, the weekly Sip & Paint event – materials, drinks and support – $25 for a two hour session.
Ikigai Arts Center offer life drawing sessions on 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.