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The Phnom Penh Look

Venue Java Cafe & Gallery, 56 Sihanouk Blvd, PNH
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Exhibition, shop and retro vibe!
Featuring a collection of images of handpainted salon signs by Jim Tulloch
and fashion objects by Friends International

Opening 6 – 9pm Thursday, November 8, 2012 with live Cambodian 60s music
Java Café & Gallery, 56 Sihanouk Blvd
Dress code: retro and funky!

“When I arrived in Phnom Penh ten years ago, I was immediately struck by the number of hand-painted signs promoting all sorts of things: the cinema, dentists, billiard halls, motorcycle washes and above all hairdressers. The latter gave by far the best chance of capturing a series of images – hairdresser signs seemed to be everywhere. This itself said something about Phnom Penh and the aspiration of its population to look smart, fashionable, at whatever level they could afford. It was clear to me that within a short time these hand-painted street signs would largely disappear. Sadly, that is the case; most have been replaced by digital photographs now printable on almost any surface.” – Jim Tulloch

This very unique collection has been printed on canvas in celebration of and to preserve the fun, the charm and quirkiness of DIY. All works for sale.

On the opening night we will indulge our nostalgic tendencies with live Cambodian 60s music and ask those attending to put on their own “Phnom Penh look” – beehives encouraged!

The series of images has been donated to Friends International, whose design team has created all new fashionable objects, t-shirts, bags and more, sporting “the Phnom Penh look.” Inside the exhibition, Friends will run a shop offering their new line.

All profits from canvas and product sales are donated to Friends International.

Jim Tulloch has travelled widely outside of his home country, Australia, for most of the last 40 years, working on public health in developing countries, including periods living in Bangladesh, Papua New Guinea, East Timor and Colombia, where he is now based. From 2002 to 2005 he lived in Cambodia where he worked with the World Health Organization. In his (limited) spare time he likes to photograph ordinary life around him, "just for the record."


Exhibition details:
November 8 – December 9, 2012

Java Café & Gallery
56 Sihanouk Blvd
Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Open daily 7am – 10pm


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