Tonight, Tuesday 6 at Meta House, is the opening of Mekong Trashures, a collection of artworks made from rubbish collected from the rivers surrounding Phnom Penh. 6 pm start.
Also tonight The Phnom Penh Literati Society is resuming monthly meetings, now at The Box Office – an informal gathering for readings, presentations, poetry and prose. Starts at 7 pm sharp.
On Friday 9, from 6 pm, Silapak Trotchaek Pneik // by YK Art House presents the opening of Sampot Sor (White Skirt), a new exhibition by Sao Sreymao.
On Saturday 10 from 2 pm, Plantation hosts a live painting session by Stan, accompanying his Abstract Escape exhibition, which runs until 24 September.
This Saturday 10 at Treellion Park is the Breathe Festival, an afternoon/evening of performances in dance – featuring the Princess Buppha Devi Dance School and New Cambodian Artists – and music, from traditional to hip hop, from the stable of artists at record label KlapYaHandz. Early bird price $3 with a drink included. Gates open 4 pm, performances from 4.30 pm until late.
Also on Saturday 10, from 6 pm at Sra’Art is the photographic exhibition Contemplation by Aurelie Fischer. “During her travels in Cambodia, she felt an increasingly strong link with the temple of Angkor. She lived for several months in the countryside near the temple, which allowed her to go there regularly and become familiar with it. This place and this environment inspired her a lot for her photos.” Until 25 October.
Thursday next week at Ikigai Arts Center is Cycle of Screenings: a sensitive look at Asia, a fortnightly event that until mid-November present a collection of documentary films, many being shown in Cambodia for the first time. “These films also have in common a certain space, the Asian continent, undergoing radical transformations and gathering heterogeneous identities. From spirituality to virtual love, through the industrial agrarian revolution, or the condition of ethnic minorities in Southeast Asia, this selection offers a vast panorama of these ongoing upheavals.” Tickets $5, booking required.
Coming to Cloud on 17 September is an interactive exhibition, 7 Colorful Days, based around the Khmer traditional colours of the week. “A great opportunity for people of all cultures and nationalities to learn more about Khmer culture.”
Upcoming at Rong Cheang on 17 and 18 September, presented by Zen The, are workshops on printmaking on objects.
On 18 September Raffles Hotel Le Royal presents Vietnamese classical guitar ensemble Strings Unlimited.
Ikigai Arts Center is making a general call for poetry, in English or Khmer, to be displayed in their shop and distributed through social media, between now and the end of the year. Find out more here.
Apsara Angkor Art Gallery in Siem Reap is hosting an exhibition of the work of Phnom Penh artist Nyart.
The Gallerist has added to its display work by abstract painter DinArt. “This young, self-taught artist has no art education, yet in the astonishingly short period of 10 years he has become the most popular and well-known abstract painters in Cambodia and earned himself an international reputation. Determined to have a signature style, Borin started to play with colors and textures, using bold brush strokes to create impressive movements on his canvas.”
Next month, on Sunday 9 October, the choir Musica Felice will hold a charity concert at the Sofitel grand ballroom, featuring works by Bach, Mozart, Puccini, Rutter, Jenkins, Gershwin and Franklin. All proceeds will go to Princess Buppha Devi Dance School and Yamada School of Art.
Courtesy of Steve Porte, some images from last Thursday, a night of theatrical poetry with Nupur Saraswat, aka The Sanskari Girl, from India/Singapore, an Apple Tree Productions International event in conjunction with SpeakEasy Theatre at The Box Office.
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
Apsara Angkor Art Gallery (Siem Reap)
An exhibition of the work of Phnom Penh artist Nyart.
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.
A continuously rolling collection of works by mostly Cambodian artists. Now including work by DinArt.
Hyatt Regency Phnom Penh / Tribe Art Cambodia
The work of Nak Noy. Media: Khmer Times
Java Creative Café Tuol Tom Pong
Memory House is a photo series by emerging Cambodian-Australian artist and film-maker Allison Chhorn. The series explore traces and shadow memories of the family plastic house the artist worked in with her Cambodian refugee parents when she was younger. Until 11 September.
Mekong Trashures, a collection of artworks made from rubbish collected from the rivers surrounding Phnom Penh.
New location: #52C, St 240
Reflections, Kak Sokphirom’s photographs of Phare Ponleu Selpak circus as an art form. Until 25 September.
Abstract Escape, an exhibition by Stan. “There are vibrant colours, joyful colours and spleen colours, stripes that hide and scratches that reveal shapes, then more colours appear.” Until 24 September.
Romchiek 5 Art Space
Battambang contemporary art studio. Rolling exhibitions.
Sa Sa Art Projects
Ti Prasap: The Larry Strange Cambodia Collection. “In Khmer, Ti Prasap means a place where things converge or come together, but it is more useful to think of it as a place where things transform each other in an active confluence over the course of time. It is a place where a process or a journey occurs – one that is full of varied actions and is still in development, with new possibilities continually forming. Acknowledging this course of time and journey enables us to consider the factors and forces that facilitate such transformation.”
Shophouse Studio Gallery
What’s Your Gold, an exhibition by art therapist Hiratsuka Niki and Miguel Jeronimo, based around the Japanese craft of kintsugi as a process of healing after experiences of sex trafficking. 10 am – 6 pm, Monday to Sunday, until 10 September
Space Four Zero
Prints, paintings, vintage posters, pop art, CDs and vinyl. Open daily.
Photographic exhibition Contemplation by Aurelie Fischer. Until 25 October.
Regular events, classes, sessions:
Improv Cambodia now offer weekly improv classes, Wednesdays from 7 pm at Ikigai Arts Center.
Ikigai Arts Center will offer life drawing sessions on Sundays, with teacher), from 18 September.
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.
N o w h e r e Art Studio
A range of arts and crafts workshops at different times.