Petition Part V

In response to the Petition Part IV, This is another excerpt of the original Khmer petition letter for the Season of Cambodia Festival. (below is just the English translation version).

[ we believe that the contemporary arts communities and the contemporary artists stand with us to against this unjust system.

Love and Solidarity,

Name of everyone]

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Petition Part IV

In response to the Petition Part III, This is another excerpt of the original Khmer petition letter for the Season of Cambodia Festival. (below is just the English translation version).

[ So, we are nominated REAKSMEY Yean, as a representative of artists from Battambang, Siem REAP and Phnom PENH to express on our behalf the disappointments and our concerns at the upcoming community meeting. We reject the representation of Cambodian arts by the festival and especially in the visual arts program, that over periods of time there have not been any consultants with us, the entire arts communities and other artists. ]

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Petition Part III

In response to the Petition Part II, This is another excerpt of the original Khmer petition letter for the Season of Cambodia Festival. (below is just the English translation version).

[ More than a decade that Khmer contemporary arts have rapidly developed and many artists are now practicing these types of arts.  Some of the artists among us, are almost the important figure in the Cambodian arts history and they have been recognized nationally and internationally. However, these artists are not seen by either the judges or the dignitary of the festival. Reactors’ questions are not responded/decoded by any representatives of either the festival or initiator (CLA). ]

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Petition Part II

In response to the Petition Part I, This is another excerpt of the original Khmer petition letter for the Season of Cambodia Festival. (below is just the English translation version).

[ The organization of the exhibition and the choices of jury by Erin Gleeson, curator and director of Sa Sa BASSAC Gallery and Leeza Ahmady, Independent Arts Curator to show the scale of equity to include the other contemporary and modern artists into the visual arts program. Moreover, this program has never been publicly advertised inside the arts communities and among the artists even though the commencement of the preparation of the festival had start since three years and half already. ]

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Petition Part I

In response to the Petition Part 0, This is the excerpt of the original Khmer petition letter for the Season of Cambodia Festival. (below is just the English translation version).

March 02, 2013,

[ To:  Executive Producer of Season of Cambodia and Cambodian Living Arts Organization

The undersigned senior/emerging artists and arts leaders reject the system of unfairness, non-transparency and the inappropriate of the Season of Cambodia regarding the choice making for participated artists for the visual arts program as part of the entire of season of Cambodia, which will be held in New York City, The United States of America.]

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Ladies Magazine reviews “Googlable”

A bilingual (Khmer – English) Ladies Magazine features the controversial poem, “Googlable” in its April issue, a poem influenced by a Bob Dylan song called “Blowing in the Wind”. Googlable provokes us with seven simple questions that we seem to forget, and they bring us back to some in-depth thinking about these simplicities.

Why would anyone think an artist need to be “googlable” before being accepted in the art world? Long before the internet and Google existed, artists were acknowledged by well-known arts institutions because of their vision, talent, and originality. They were mentioned in newspapers or magazines.

Interestingly, these days some curators utilize google as one of the criteria for the selection of artists to invite to their programs and festivals. The more entries on Google, the more international the reputation of the artist.

The world of art is indistinguishable from the fact that its practices are controlled by a so-called standard. But of course no one can define the criteria for that standard, either at the local or international level. Does a standard really exist? Continue reading

Before he’s googlable

How many shows must a man organizes
before they call him artist
How many arts must one man creates
before he is visible
How many awards, artist needs to grant
before he’s googlable
The answer, my friend, is blowin’ in the wind
The answer is blowin’ in the wind

How many awards must one man receives
before he is googlable
How many years can some artists exist
before they’re allowed to be seen
How many times can a curator turn his head
and pretend that he just doesn’t see
The answer, my friend, is blowin’ in the wind
The answer is blowin’ in the wind
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