The New Age: Until Now

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“My Motherland” by Phe Sophon

The New Age: Until Now
Works by Chhim Sothy, Prum Vichet,
Phe Sophon, Meas Sokhorn and Sou Sophy

Curated by Yean REAKSMEY
JavaArts Curator in Residence

Five artists born before the 90s have been invited to occupy the space and interpret the theme of “rebuilding and destroying within contemporary Cambodia.” Each artist is born from a different generation and have different life experiences, but they share one thing in common: the moment of now, the present. This has served as a jumping off point for discussions, collaborations, resulting in an exhibition of paintings, poetry and installation.

The New Age: Until Now
Opening: 6-9pm Wednesday, 11 September, 2013
Showing: 11 September – 13 October, 2013

Java Cafe
56 Sihanouk Blvd
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Open daily 7am – 10pm
www.javacambodia.com

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New York festival opens doors but draws ire from local artists

Artist Reaksmey Yean has been vocal in his criticism of the artist selection process for Seasons of Cambodia. Photograph: Alexander Crook/Phnom Penh Post

Artist Reaksmey Yean has been vocal in his criticism of the artist selection process for Seasons of Cambodia. Photograph: Alexander Crook/Phnom Penh Post

A FEW years ago, Leang Seckon, artist and graduate of Royal University of Fine Arts,painted by the shores of Boeung Kak lake in a ramshackle, wooden studio. For the month of April, his studio will be the Bronx, New York City.

The mixed-media artist has garnered critical acclaim over the past decade for his kaleidoscopic collages, which have shown in London, Singapore, Myanmar, China and more.

This year’s residency at the Bronx Museum comes as part of the highly anticipated Seasons of Cambodia (SOC) festival in its visual arts program – perhaps the biggest ever international celebration of Cambodian arts.

Throughout April and May, over 125 Cambodian artists – traditional Khmer and contemporary dancers, film-makers, performance artists, musicians, sculptors and photographers – will fly to New York City for the festival. Continue reading