Kumnooh: Cambodia arts for week commencing 17 May 2022


Wednesday 18 at Pi-Pet-Pi Gallery, the opening of an exhibition by Battambang artist Chankrim Mil: On the edge of the abyss.  “While uniquely Chankim, there is a fresh playfulness in his imagery.”    From 6 pm. 
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 Survivors 2 by Chankrim Mil

Friday 20 at 6 pm, Creative Apero at Ikigai Arts Center – 3D recycled composition with Eriq Henri Madsen. “ Bring colorful, unique, and interesting recycled material from home, anything you would like to incorporate in your art weaving piece such as cereal box cartons, old photographs, gift wrapping, shopping bags, movie tickets, stamps, postcards, etc… Let your imagination be!”
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Friday 20, from 7 pm, Howl Cambodia presents Books and Verse, a night of new books including open mic poetry, at YK Arthouse.  Readers include Moni Tep, David S. Wills, Wayne McCallum and Scott Bywater
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Also on Friday 20 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.”  Register here to reserve a seat.
Art Pop Up by Mirella and Margarita at Shophouse Gallery this Saturday and Sunday, with some of their collected art pieces for sale.  This weekend only, 10 am to 6 pm.
On Saturday 21 at Meta House, “a unique digital interactive art/music/theatre “Mental-Dental” experience’, entitled My Dentist is Groovy (Teeth! The Story of Life!) Created, written and directed by James Speck, an animator and designer who has worked on Hollywood films, international television, theater productions and now, mainly concentrates on computer based real time speaking avatars.
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Open call for artists, creatives, artisans who would like to reserve space for the Ikigai BazArt event to be held Saturday 11 June at Ikigai Arts Center.  Deadline for applications Saturday 21 May.    
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Grave Affairs, the latest show from the Phnom Penh Players, featuring two plays by Jean-Pierre Martinez: Running on Empty and A Casket For Two, at Java Creative Café starting 3rd June 2022.  Tickets on sale from Friday 20 May. 
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.”  
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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


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. 
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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.    
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The Gallerist
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.  
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La Java Bleue  (Kampot)
Le chat et la magie de Kampot, an exhibition of paintings by Vera Persiyanova.
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Meta House
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 RoyalLe Phnom 1929
Transformed, an exhibition  by Hom Rith presented by Sra’Art.    Media: Sovrin Magazine (Khmer)
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Rosewood Phnom Penh
The Ontology of Form and Colour, a collection of works by artist Pen Robit curated by Yean Raksmey of Silapak Trotchaek Pneik  art space.  Media:  Cambodge magazine.  Until 30 June. 
Sa Sa Art Projects
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. 
Shophouse Gallery
Art Pop Up by Mirella and Margarita this Saturday and Sunday, with some of their collected art pieces for sale.  This weekend only, 10 am to 6 pm.
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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. 
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Regular events, classes, sessions:
Improv Cambodia now offer weekly improv classes, Wednesdays from 7 pm at Ikigai Arts Center.
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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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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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