PhotoPhnomPenh is bringing together 14 photographers from across three continents to share their artistic visions
Now in its seventh edition, this art-oriented photo festival is reaping the rewards of its investment in promoting photography among artists and audiences in the Kingdom.
Several of its exhibitions are by young Cambodians who first learned to wield a camera at the festival’s Studio Images workshops, which PhotoPhnomPenh coordinators have been running weekly since 2009. In addition, local organisers have taken over from the French Institute in running the show.
For this year’s festival, fourteen international photographers from Europe, Asia and North Africa bring their work to various venues across the city, alongside six solo shows from Cambodian photographers. The work of many promising young talents from Phnom Penh will also be on view in a group exhibition at the Royal University of Fine Arts.
Navigating the festival’s 12 venues makes for a pleasant day of urban exploration – either use this map as your guide, or hop on board one of the organised tuk-tuk tours that are running at 3pm this Saturday and 3:30pm this Sunday from the French Institute.
9 Corinne Vionnet Switzerland, France
1 Charlie Jouvet France
1 Mak Remissa Cambodia
11 Neak Sophal Cambodia
2 Photography: A Family Story Cambodia
1. French Institute, #218, Street 184
2. Bophana Centre, #64, Street 200
3. Java Cafe and Gallery, #56E1, Sihanouk Blvd
4. The Plantation, #28, Street 184
5. X-Em Design – La Galerie, #13D, Street 178
6. Romeet Gallery, #34, Street 178
7. Tepui Chinese House, #45, Sisowath Quay
8. Sisowath Quay/Riverside
9. French Embassy, #1, Monivong Blvd
10. Central Market
11. Royal University of Fine Art, #72, Street 178
12. Royal University of Phnom Penh, Russian Federation Blvd
8 Ruud Van Empel The Netherlands
A photographer turned digital painter, Van Empel’s retouched portraits conjure up a vibrant jungle paradise inhabited solely by children.
8 Hicham Benohoud France, Morocco
Obedient donkeys are photographed inhabiting opulent Moroccan homes in Ane Situ – a quirky exploration of the absurd.
8 Lek Kiatsirikajorn Thailand
The pressures of accelerated urbanism in Bangkok – and the few nature spots that manage to escape its clutches – are brought into focus in Lost in Paradise.
10 Caleb Ming Singapore
Plots documents the social function of Singapore’s open spaces – an increasingly rare commodity in a city with a population density of 7,315 people per square kilometre.
1 Kim Hak Cambodia
For Alive, Kim Hak took treasured family possessions that survived the Khmer Rouge and reimagined them as striking still-lifes.
11 Studio Images Cambodia
This group exhibition is a showcase of local talent nurtured by PhotoPhnomPenh through their free weekly photography classes.
11 Nayantara Gurung Kakshapati Nepal
The portraits of members of various Nepalese ethnic groups that make up Being Nepalese are on show here for the first time internationally.
3 Nguyen Thi-Nhan France, Vietnam
A series of close-up, soft-focus images taken in Toulouse and Vietnam that confront the challenges of photographing when partially blind.
3 Emeric Lhuisset France
Last year, Lhuisset travelled to Ukraine as protesters were gathering in Kiev. Cent Portraits à Maydan catalogues the lives of the people he met during the conflict.
5 Ti Tit Cambodia
A young, playful photographer and prolific blogger – Ti Tit’s photographs blur the line between amateur experimentation and something more thoughtful.
4 Chung Uong Chhor Cambodia
The first exhibition by the young local photographer, this series considers whether it is possible to invent bold new landscapes within conventional spaces.
6 Vannak Khun Cambodia
By superimposing his licence plate, phone number or date of birth on his body, Vannak creates a series of self portraits that question the nature of modern identity.
7 Zhang Kechun China
A travel photographer with a difference – Kechun’s large-format images evoke the scale of the natural environment when contrasted with the seemingly tiny scope of human endeavours.
12 Harit Srikao Thailand
The youngest participant in PhotoPhnomPenh trains his lens on the menacing shadows that appear in his hometown of Bangkok at nighttime.
12 Alban LéCuyer
For Here Soon, the French photographer uses Photoshop to create images that contrast developers’ promises of urban regeneration with the reality on the ground.
12 Katharina Lepik Germany
Lepik’s self portraits feature the artist in a variety of unfamiliar settings, but always positioned next to strangers who bear some resemblance to her.
12 Shen Chao-Liang Taiwan
A series of portraits of the “scenery trucks” that drive around Taiwan providing garish neon backdrops for entertainment shows and festivities.