Diverse Meetings: Sampeas Kru + The Cultural Season

*This post was originally published on Cambodian Living Arts blog October 2020 Across the world, every culture has its own ways of paying respect to the past. Sampeas Kru, in Cambodia, is a blessing ceremony typically done at the beginning of a performance to honor the spirits of teachers passed who transmitted their knowledge to … Continue reading Diverse Meetings: Sampeas Kru + The Cultural Season

Pchum Ben: Living Ancestral Heritage

*This post was written for Cambodian Living Arts and first appeared on their website September 2020At our foundations, Cambodian Living Arts was created to reconnect surviving master artists with their craft in the wake of the Khmer Rouge regime as a form of healing. During the brutal years of the regime, they infamously tried to … Continue reading Pchum Ben: Living Ancestral Heritage

Achar and The Rise: A Batia Sarem Gallery Review

The Rise. (2020). [Exhibition]. Batia Sarem Gallery, Siem Reap. March 2019- September 2020. Entering Batia Sarem Gallery, the interior of the renovated Khmer house was indiscernible from any other white cube influenced space. I moved through Theanly CHOV’s exhibition, The Rise (2020), following the wall from right to left. The exhibition featured oil paintings created between 2017 … Continue reading Achar and The Rise: A Batia Sarem Gallery Review