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Beauty and the beast

By: Hanna Sender Posted: April-06-2012 in
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Sokuntevy Oeur’s new exhibition blurs the lines between beautiful and grotesque

For some artists, the right to pursue their creative passion is a right worth fighting for. Among them is Sokuntevy Oeur, who, as a young girl, first developed an interest in drawing while the Phare Ponleu Selpak arts school was being built behind her parents’ Battambang home. On finishing high school, Tevy immediately enrolled, but was forced by her mother and father a few years later to abandon her studies.

Of creativity and catharsis

By: The Advisor Posted: March-30-2012 in
The Advisor

Ragamuffins to benefit from art auction.

A white pigeon flutters free, liberated from its cage by a girl with long raven hair. A small boy wearing a blue and yellow baseball cap waves his arms in delight as a butterfly beats its wings in the wind.

A couple engage in a mock dog fight with a fleet of paper aeroplanes. Self-taught Indonesian painter Mohammad Toha Hasan, the man behind these rich, colour- saturated acrylic creations, is one of several artists whose work features in a silent art auction this week. Life Creative: The Meaning of Love is hosted by arts therapy organisation The Ragamuffin Project.

In Conversation with Lim Sokchanlina

By: Hannah Sender Posted: March-14-2012 in
Hannah Sender

Lim Sokchanlina has his audience sit in a 'pop-up' narrow corridor; pop-up because Sokchanlina created it in a room of Sa Sa Bassac using a brand new, racing green fence. Confronting this steel fence in the middle of the room establishes the emotions which are about to be questioned and transformed as the conversation between the artist and his audience develops.

Picking up the pieces

By: Roger Nelson Posted: March-08-2012 in
Roger Nelson

Full Circle is an unusual artwork: a durational performance piece which will challenge and transfix both artist and audience. For six consecutive days, Amy Lee Sanford will sit amid a circle of 40 Kompong Chhang clay pots. Slowly and deliberately, she will break one pot by dropping it on the floor. She will then gather the pieces and meticulously glue the pot back together, binding the fragments with string and returning the remade pot to the circle. Over six days, all 40 pots will be broken and remade in this way.

A very dangerous holiday in Cambodia

By: Robert Starkweather Posted: February-11-2012 in
Robert Starkweather

In December 1978, under the spectre of an imminent Vietnamese military invasion, the ultra-secretive Khmer Rouge leadership did something fantastically out of character - it cracked the curtains ever so slightly and let three foreigners inside. Only two would leave alive.

An artist rises from the ashes

By: Totallyrandomman Posted: February-03-2012 in
Totallyrandomman

Srey Bandaul has come a long way since he first picked up a paint brush at the SiteTwo Refugee camp on the Thai border. Spooked by personal experience of fleeing the murderous Khmer Rouge, the 38-year-old has turned memories of a traumatic past into a promising artistic future.

Christie’s to hold first art auction in Cambodia

By: Totallyrandomman Posted: February-03-2012 in
Totallyrandomman

One of the world’s most esteemed auction houses is poised to stage its first ever event in Cambodia.
Christie’s, founded in London in 1766, is synonymous with fine art and today boasts offices around the world, including in London, New York, Paris, Geneva, Milan, Amsterdam, Dubai, and Hong Kong.

PhotoPhnomPenh 4th edition - PhotoPhnomPenh 4ème édition

By: Expat Advisory Posted: November-14-2011 in
Expat Advisory

The Institut français of Cambodia is organizing from , the fourth edition of the Festival PhotoPhnomPenh.

8 Cambodian photographers and 16 international (France, Germany, Switzerland, Sweden, Thailand, Bangladesh, Vietnam, Estonia, India, China, Korea) will present their latest work in nearly twenty places partners, while five thematic exhibitions provide a cross look on current and historic aspects of Cambodian culture.

The Symmetry of Seaweed - An Interview with Photographer Jenny Ng

By: totallyrandomman Posted: September-12-2011 in
totallyrandomman

Malaysian-born photographer Jenny Ng talks about her upcoming first exhibition of works at The 240 Gallery.

How did you get into photography?

I bought my first camera in 2003, but I was working as an accountant until 2009, so it’s only been in the last few years that it has become serious.

What made you switch from accountancy to photography?

Managing a team of 60 people is very tiring work. I was stressed and exhausted and decided I needed to take time off. While I was resting, I began to realise that my passion, taking photographs, could be my work too.

Free theatre performance: Speak Truth To Power

By: Meta House Posted: September-12-2011 in
Meta House

CIVICUS: Center for Cambodia Civic Education s the partner of the Speak Truth To Power (“STTP”) project of the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights (“RFK Center”) in Washington, D.C. Taking cue from the Italians, the STTP is translated as Courage Without Borders into Khmer.

Kerry Kennedy, the president of the RFK Center, visited Cambodia with her daughter Michaela Kennedy-Cuomo and STTP director John Heffernan in February 2011 and joined CIVICUS Cambodia president Theary Seng to launch the STTP program the during two-day events at Pannasastra University.

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