This week at Sra’Art, Thursday Club with Geography of the Moon: “a live performance combining music and different visual artists in each session.” This week the participating artist is Srdan Ilic. From 7 pm.
On Friday 13 from 6 pm, Metaestetica’s Storysharing: Untold Cambodia video installation will be presented at Odom Gardens.
On Saturday 14, Ikigai Arts Center presents Art Manners #2, on-going presentations on art history: Breaking Boundaries with Gutai. “A radical group, one of the most important in post-war Japanese culture, active from 1954 to 1972, that completely disrupted the approach to art-making. Combining performance, painting, installation, and theatrical events, the Gutai group had a major impact on worldwide contemporary art with its energetic way of breaking boundaries!” 2 pm.
Last Thursday saw the opening at Sa Sa Art Projects of Threshold, an exhibition by Tan Vatey, Neak Sophal and Sao Sreymao. “Through artworks in diverse forms from photographs, sculptures, and installations, the exhibition speaks about experiences, feelings, and new perspectives of the artists arising from the shifting environments, societal changes, attempts to reconcile, and endeavors in seeking new ways to face the unique turning point of the social order as much as the natural course of life.” Until 16 July.
Silapak Trotchaek Pneik // by YK Art House opened a new exhibition this week, My Self, My Body, My World, by Heng Ravuth. Through until 9 July.
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.”
Battambang artist Chankrim Mil opens a new exhibition, Survivors, at Pi-Pet-Pi Gallery
on Wednesday 18 May.
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.
Also on Friday 20 May at 7 pm, Java Tuol Tom Pong presents Looking for Phnom Penh, and exhibition by photographers Lim Sokchanlina and Sansitny Ruth – with artist talk in Khmer and English. “Like all cities, Phnom Penh is complex and layered. It’s history, culture and socio-economic dynamics form the cityscape which can be decoded with a keen eye for observation. Photographers Lim Sokchanlina and Sansitny Ruth both use image-making to delve into those complexities on their search for insight and clarity. For this event they have selected pairs of images to show side-by-side that seem to characterize Phnom Penh not by what is in the images but by what is absent. It is this absence that motivates each photographer to continually look for what is “Phnom Penh.”
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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. This month on display are works by Japanese painter Takakazu Yamada, a guest professor at the Royal University of Fine Arts in Phnom Penh.
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.
AKéClick, an exhibition of photography by Aurelie Fischer. Features Kampot salt fields – Beyond the Reflection – and Angkor – Lost in the Temples. Until June 21.
Raffles Le Royal – Le Phnom 1929
Transformed, an exhibition by Hom Rith presented by Sra’Art. Media: Sovrin Magazine (Khmer)
Sa Sa Art Projects
Threshold, an exhibition by Tan Vatey, Neak Sophal and Sao Sreymao. Until 16 July. “Through artworks in diverse forms from photographs, sculptures, and installations, the exhibition speaks about experiences, feelings, and new perspectives of the artists arising from the shifting environments, societal changes, attempts to reconcile, and endeavors in seeking new ways to face the unique turning point of the social order as much as the natural course of life.”
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. Until 15 May.
Silapak Trotchaek Pneik // by YK Art House
My Self, My Body, My World, by Heng Ravuth. Through until 9 July.
Space Four Zero
Prints, paintings, vintage posters, pop art, CDs and vinyl. Open daily.
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.