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Sokunthary Svay

A Child of Cambodian Refugees Finds her Past through Poetry (via Electric Literature)

Cambodian-American poet Sokunthary Svay is tired of hearing about the Khmer Rouge. After concluding a yearlong review of Cambodian literature available in English, Svay found that nearly every accessible text about the country of her birth concerned either Angkor Wat, the ancient Angkorian Kingdom, the Khmer Rouge, or memoirs written by Cambodians who survived the …

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Cambodian spirits

Ghost Stories (via Mekong Review)

In her article, “The Persistent Presence of Cambodian Spirits: Contemporary Knowledge production in Cambodia”*, Courtney Work argues that the presence of spirits in Cambodian culture has been made a subjacent subject in the dialogue of empire, but that the human culture of this complex nation cannot be properly explained without reference to the “other-than-human world”. …

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Nov Cheanick: From Humble Beginnings to Transcendent Art [Cambodia]

Although modern art is little known in Cambodia, Nov Cheanick hopes his work can inspire Cambodians.   PHNOM PENH — Battambang is best known as Cambodia’s second city and a hub of free expression, the home of numerous artists, musicians, and writers.During the reign of the Khmer Rouge, this world was almost snuffed out, but four …

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Exploring Female Empowerment through Dance in Cambodia [Cambodia]

“During the autumn of 2016, I ventured out to Siem Reap in Cambodia to undertake a three-month artistic residency with the pioneering all-female contemporary dance company, New Cambodian Artists (NCA). I have previously worked with NCA as a contemporary dance technique trainer over a two-month period in 2015 as part of a self-funded professional development initiative. …

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Photographing the Soul of Cambodia: Interview with Sophal Neak [Cambodia]

“Sophal Neak was born in Takeo, a province in southern Cambodia, in 1989. Since 2011, her works—in particular her photographs—have been showcased across Asia, Europe and Australia. Her unique and uncompromising take on history and people, as well as her distinctive and powerful vision, has played an important role in contributing to the cultural re-awakening …

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Epic Arts, Cambodia

By Ben Valentine (1091 words, 10-minute read)   The Asia Europe Foundation’s Culture360 and ArtsEquator present a series of 5 co-commissioned articles that look at arts groups, artists and performances in Southeast Asia that are comprised of or address artists with disabilities. In this first article, Ben Valentine meets with Epic Arts, a Cambodian arts group that …

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‘A Cambodian Spring’ Wins at Brooklyn Film Fest [Cambodia]

“A Cambodian Spring, a documentary that chronicles the lives of three activists as they fight evictions and rights abuses in the run-up to the 2013 national election, was awarded Best Feature Documentary at the Brooklyn Film Festival on Sunday. The two-hour documentary, which took Irish filmmaker Chris Kelly nine years to make, won the prestigious award …

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NGO Cheers Opening of Animation Studio in Phnom Penh [Cambodia]

“Visitors to the Institut Francais tonight will be met by life-size cardboard characters inspired by the 2D animations and illustrations of Phare Creative Studio, a new social enterprise that helps fund NGO Phare Ponleu Selpak in Battambang City. The launch event for the animation and graphic design studio—which will be split between Battambang and Phnom …

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An Artist’s Comprehensive History of Southeast Asian Photography [SEA, Singapore]

“I was first introduced to writer and photographer Zhuang Wubin’s work when I moved to Cambodia. His writings on Cambodian photography are well-researched, accessible, and thoughtful — exactly what I was seeking as a newcomer to the area. Zhuang became an important node for me to learn from and think through photography in Cambodia, and later the region as a whole. …

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‘Bend in the River’ set to take a new twist: Khmer Times [Cambodia]

A deeply personal tale of revenge and redemption is set to return this weekend as Sophiline Arts Ensemble brings the celebrated “A Bend in the River” to Phnom Penh’s Chaktomuk Theater. While director and choreographer Sophiline Cheam Shapiro will keep the story’s original roots, her focus will be to increase the production values of the …

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Graffiti and Street Art Thrive In a Rundown Phnom Penh Neighborhood

Graffiti in Cambodia has not historically been very common, but that’s changing fast due to the city’s relatively young and increasingly urban and networked population. While many tags are done by people passing through or immigrants who live here, locals are discovering the joys and thrills of tagging as well. Nowhere can you see this more …

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