Petition Final

In response to the Petition Part I, Part II, Part III, Part IV and the Petition Part V. The Petition Final is the tricky and sensitive one.

With all the respects for the undersigned artists, curators and arts leaders in Cambodia. The Petition Final can’t publish publicly, but it opens only for those who are curious to know the undersigned names and to understand more about this letter.

Please drop me an email and I will response to you with the final excerpt of the petition letter for the Season of Cambodia Festival. Please give me some of your details otherwise I can’t attach you the letter.

The Petition Final will be transmitted electronically (by email) to the curators and museum leaders in New York that host the visual arts program of The Season of Cambodia, with the attachments of the original Khmer petition letter and the English translation version.

Stay tune, of what will happen next!!!!

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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]

………… to be continued.

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. ]

………… to be continued.

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). ]

………… to be continued.

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. ]

………… to be continued.

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

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