*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
*This post was written for Cambodian Living Arts and first appeared on their website September 2020 At 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 … Continue reading Pchum Ben: Living Ancestral Heritage
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 and 2019 from CHOV’s series, Surviving. Rich in color and expression, CHOV’s representation … Continue reading Achar and The Rise: A Batia Sarem Gallery Review
Before a couple of weeks ago I never knew Kampong Trach existed. For the first time in years, I took a bus for inter-province travel to get from Kep to Phnom Penh. The bus took an unusual way out of town and headed along the 33. The way was beautiful. Lush rice fields extending from … Continue reading Kampong Trach Reflection
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