In hopes of offering sustainable art practices for participants and staff at Transitions, as well as for those working in the community, one of our intentions for the upcoming trip to Cambodia is to research contemporary arts and culture. For now, we’re doing our research from home, searching the internet for inspiration…
An excerpt from a 2009 CNN article Cambodian art: Past to present describes the artistic community in Cambodia:
Cambodia, which lost an estimated one-quarter of its population or at least 1.7 million people — including an estimated 90 percent of its artists — under the 1970s Khmer Rouge regime, has a small but growing artistic community: there are some 50 practicing artists out of its 14 million people, according to Phnom Penh-based curator Erin Gleeson.
Here’s a look at the artwork of a few of Cambodia’s contemporary artists:
A more recent article, Cambodia’s art revolution reaches global market, includes even more artists!