I've returned to Phnom Penh and a lot has changed since my last visit in 2006 in connection with the research Mediating the Mekong. This time, I am accompanied by Russell Storer, of the Queensland Art Gallery in Brisbane. We are looking at the recent developments in contemporary art in several cities in the Mekong sub-region in connection with the next Asia Pacific Triennial.
Cambodia has been a welcome surprise. Spaces for art have come and go in the last two years. The emergence of new and young artists looks promising as does work by some of the most senior artists in the community. Everyone is extremely helpful and open with information. When not engaged in the several meetings that occupy our days, I had an opportunity to take some photos in transit of Khmer architecture and forms. If you're interested in this sort of thing, please do take a look on flickr.
The weather here is a strain on my endurance, it's much more humid than Ho Chi Minh City. We depart for Vientiane, Laos tomorrow.
Posted by on June 7, 2008 1:21 AM | Permalink