Five new works commissioned for CYAF 2012
Cambodian Living Arts (CLA) has approved 5 applications from Cambodian artists to create new pieces as part of the Cambodian Youth Arts Festival 2012. Out of the 5 applicants, 3 are visual artists and 2 are performing artists. Applicants are 30 years and under and were chosen by the CYAF selection committee. These grantees will be show their work in the festival from November 10 to 17, 2012, in Phnom Penh.
Chin Borey and Soun Seney successfully received a grant to create their new piece The Time. The artwork combines tradition and modern times through its drawings and use of metal. Chin Borey is a graduate in sculpture from Battambang Art School. His work has been featured in the French Institute and abroad. Soun Seney graduated from Phare Ponleu Selpak in 2003, with a focus on drawing. He participated in various exhibitions abroad, including Malaysia and Singapore.
Leum Lorn is a visual artist from Phare Ponleu Selpak. Until his graduation in 2005, Lorn has been involved in producing various video and performing arts events. His work is based on photography, video and performance. His proposed artwork, entitled The Dharma Rules of Infinity, deals with ice. The ice will be painted with a variety of colors and black ink. He will photograph his art piece and print the photos on a special cloth that can last more than 200 years. Lorn hopes that his work will inspire other young artists to pursue their dreams, express their thoughts, and boost the beauty of visual art. “Regardless of where my work stands at the moment, I believe that it will have a positive influence to free my mind to do what nature has given me.”
Yim Maline's work is based on her childhood memories. The visual art piece entitled Enough, will be a sculpture of a human's head (400 x 400 x 300 cm) which is supported inside by a structural bone to prevent disfiguration. The sculpture will be hung on a pipe that goes through the head to the base. Maline received her Diplome National d’Arts Plastiques from Phare Ponleu Selpak in 2003. She has participated in numerous group exhibitions in France and Cambodia and had a solo exhibition, Remember, at Sa Sa Bassac gallery.
The Power of Unity is a new piece of performing art proposed by Khen Vanthy, an art graduate who studied in Korea. This contemporary art piece is inspired by the four elements of nature: water, earth, fire and air. These elements co-exist and cannot be without one another. The work aims to inspire solidarity by portraying unity between people living in one society.
Bophavann Chettha Oudom started learning how to play the guitar, taught by his father, in 2006. In 2007 he became interested in the Khim instrument, taking classes at the Secondary School of Fine Arts, which eventually led to his recent invention of the Khim Plous. Together with his brother, Sak Bophavann, who invented the Takha Kout and Takhe Plous, the two musicians plan to have their inventions played in a contemporary setting.