Khmer Artist Nou Sary took visitors on a journey through the rice fields of Cambodia at his new exhibition launching at Sofitel Phnom Penh Phokeethra on Tuesday, April 3. For three months, Cambodian artist Nou Sary painted a collection of oil paintings to share planters’ stories. The collection, titled The Harvest, includes pieces depicting monks moving through the countryside, and groups of women crouched in rice paddy fields.
The paintings showcase Sary’s love of nature and humanity’s sometimes problematic relationship with the environment: “It’s nature that gives us fruit and meat, which keeps us alive.” Charles-Henri Chevet, general manager of Sofitel Phnom Penh Phokeethra, described the exhibition as “a beautiful opportunity to share the stories and culture of provincial Cambodia with guests to the capital and our friends residing in Phnom Penh”.
The exhibition will be open from April to June with free admission. Photo by Hong Menea
At dawn, Men Theoun packs his supplies – rice, drinking water, a hammock, a rain tent, a plate, bowl and a pot – and carries them on