Archive for October, 2004

Cafe CCF

Thursday, October 28th, 2004


is worth a peek for the childrens’ art featured there! It’s from Phare Ponleu Salapak Art School in Battambang, where Sylvain Moizie and Lisa Mandel (‘Sept Mois Au Cambodge‘) have taught.

Thanks to Piseth and Sereiroath for their help!

And speaking of Phare, Tor Vutha and Mao Soviet have brought down an ‘Emaki’ box to explain the art form to the students at the French Cultural Centre, Phnom Penh!

More pictures to follow!


Rencontre / Encounter

Sunday, October 24th, 2004


Our Rencontre (Encounter) was a success! Our panel included Uth Roeun (Association of Cambodian Artist Friends),Dr. Alain Daniel (EFEO) (above)

Y Lida (Art Teacher, Royal University of Fine Arts)

Neth Sokunthea (Cambodian Book Sector Federation, above), and Lim Santapheap, SIPAR.

One effort in particular is archiving old comics, some amazing samples of which have been provided by Dr. Daniel.

Here’s CCF Librarian Pierre Andryc,

looking happy with our list of recommendations, which you can see in

French and English.


Exposition Launch

Saturday, October 23rd, 2004

Exposition Launch

Exposition is up!

Dozens and dozens of people, a fun and appreciative crowd. Most of the Exposition artists were there, and in the introduction CCF Director Guy Issanjou invited all to the Rencontre on Saturday.

Many thanks to Sopheap for getting us in gear, and Piseth and Sereiroath’s tireless efforts. Cheers also for last minute assist from Geraldine, Korine and other CCF folks.

Apologies, no pictures of opening, spent most of it talking and explaining!

Exposition summary, English

If your French or Khmer is a little rusty, here’s a ‘Cheat Sheet’ covering the various artists and displays.

More news and details to follow.


Bande Dessineé of Cambodia / Comics of Cambodia

Friday, October 22nd, 2004

Here’s Piseth and Sereiroat getting our exhibit together.

Exposition opening Friday October 22, 6:30 pm; French Cultural Centre.

Featuring artists Uth Roeun, Hul Sophon, Em Satya, Or Yuthea, Im Sokha,Soeung Makara, Heang Kanol, Nhek Sophaleap, Vit Tharin, Sen Samandara, Hong Bora and many more. See their classic stories of romance, legends, humor as well as ‘nonprofit comics’ and new, unpublished stories!

Also included is a display of art from students at Battambang’s Phare Art School, and samples from foreign artists who have worked in Cambodia.

The Exhibition will be open from October 22 to November 6. Rencontre in French and Khmer Saturday October 23, 10:00am at the French Cultural Centre’s Cinema.

Hear what comics scholars and professionals think about the state of the art!Introduction by Professor Alain Daniel. Children’s Workshop and display of Kamishibai/Emaki by teachers from Phare Art school at CCF’s library, in Khmer and French, on October 28th. 8:30 to 11.30 am. It’s all a part of the French Cultural Centre’s Lire en Fete, which will see publishers, authors and artists exhibit their works on November 4, 5 and 6.

For more information:


Comics Cavalcade

Thursday, October 7th, 2004

Comics Cavalcade

Now that the show is shaping up artists are coming out of the woodwork. Yesterday, phone contact with the hard-to-reach Sen Samandara. Today, morning meeings with Heng Chhea Chean and Ao Sokha. The former works in the Ministry of Education printing house, the latter has done many comics in the 1980s and has just retired.