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Our Books works to cultivate Cambodian comic art and share it with the world.
At the end of the year we send out a ‘holiday card’ to many of our local and overseas friends. We take note of the Western holidays, and add a little local flavor. You can see a collection of our many illustrations from prior years at Rik Reay Noodle Shop / Gallery through the end of the year. (Street 178, daily from 6am to 12 noon: #69c, Street 178, Phnom Penh, Cambodia.)
We wish you and yours the best this holiday season.
Ilustrator and cartoonist Prum Vannak is largely self-taught, and takes his inspiration from the world around him.
He has received acclaim in using his art to depict the harsh reality of his time spent trapped on a Thai fishing boat, and is a survivor of labor trafficking. This led to an award from the US Department of State, and his art being featured in a documentary film and on the Radio Free Asia web site.
Unlike most Cambodian illustrators who chase freelance work in Phnom Penh, Vannak lives with his family in rural Pursat and is working hard to make a living from commercial art. While he is famous internationally, his income and his daily life in the village have not changed much.
This exhibition explores the two worlds the artist lives in.
For more information, please don’t hesitate to contact OurBooksCambodia.org
The exhibition will take place Wednesday November 20th to Saturday December 14th at Rik Reay Gallery, Phnom Penh.
Venue: Rik Reay shop, 69c, Street 178, Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
Contact: John Weeks +885 (0)12 526 840 / Soeun Klo 017 626 207 Landline: 023 990 706
Our Books is pleased to be exhibiting new material by comic artist Cliodhna Ztoical at Rik Reay Gallery / noodle shop from September 13 to 27.
She studied animation at Ballyfermot College in Dublin and comics at the School of Visual Arts in New York.
“Ztoical’s Comic Adventure 2013” brought her to Cambodia, where her sketches of Angkor Wat were drawn.
For more art and information, check out her web site, Ztoical.com.
Our Books is pleased to be exhibiting new material by comic artist Chan Pisey from Saturday July 27, to Sunday August 25, 2013.
One story – ‘Birthday’ – can be seen here and was specially created for the event.
Location: Rik Reay shop, 69c, Street 178, Phnom Penh.
Ms. Chan Pisey is a young Cambodian comic artist and visual artist.
She originally studied graphic design at Phare Ponleu Selpak in Battambang, and continued her study at the French Institute’s Vocational Training Center.
Her work has been published by Action Aid, Action IEC, Catholic Relief Services, Besdong Meas, Room To Read, SVA, SIPAR, JVC, Family Health International, CARE, CCCC, DRI and numerous other organizations.
Her work has been exhibited at Java Arts, Meta-House and Centre Culturel Français. She has also taught drawing classes for children at various places including Monument Books.
She has also participated in artist workshops and activities including the [Re]Generations teaching and training program, and Cambodia’s annual ’24 Hour Drawing Day’.
In addition to having her educational comics and illustrations published by numerous NGOs, her original stories have been published by the [Re]Generations project.
The artist has new stories currently under development, some pages here are ‘works in progress’ that are exhibited for the first time.
For more information on her work, you can visit her artist profile page or contact PiseyChan65@Yahoo.com
This May in Thailand, Our Books staff joined Mekong ICT Camp. The Camp aims to train and network young IT practitioners via trainings and seminars.
During a ‘Mekong BarCamp’ knowledge exchange, a small workshop brought together diverse minds to create a small comic. Participants were urged to draw quickly, on subjects they enjoyed or strongly disliked.
Workshop participants reflected the Camp’s diversity, with participants from Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam, Burma, India and Laos.
Our very brief workshop was received enthusiastically and within a half hour of conclusion, these very simple comics were collected as a PDF, now available for download, sharable via a ‘Creative Commons’ 3.0 license.
The title of the exhibition reflects the workshop’s informal nature, and the irreverent enthusiasm of the participants. Due to limited room at Rik Reay cafe/gallery space, pages will be changed every few days, and the entire exhibition will be available online via Flickr set and PDF.
Will there be more workshops like this to come? Expect it.
Thanks to all participants and Mekong ICT staff! (Special thanks to ‘TazoChai’ for initial PDF.)
Cheers also to the Phnom Penh Post for spreading the word!
Photos of our very modest launch: http://flic.kr/s/aHsjGvdoZB
Note: Our Books is extending this exhibition by one week. Beginning Monday the 22nd of August, we will feature new artwork by Chan Pisey and Moeu Diyadaravuth.
From July 17 to 30th at Rik Reay gallery space: solo exhibition!
Ms. Try Samphos is a young Cambodian artist who creates visual art and comic art, utilizing traditional drawing and computer design. She has trained with Room To Read, SIPAR, and numerous education-related organizations including the Buddhist Institute.
Her diverse publication CV includes work with the Wildlife Conservation Society, PSI, Our Books, SIPAR and her own self-published imprint, Comics Art. She has also volunteered for the Cambodia Book Federation and assisted and participated in numerous workshops, seminars, trainings and art events.
She is one of a growing number of young artists who are familiar with traditional Cambodian culture and popular Khmer culture, speaking in her own voice with enthusiasm and innovation. This very brief exhibition shows a small sampling of her wide-ranging skills.
For more information on her diverse publications, you can visit her artist profile page at OurBooksCambodia.org or contact: Samphos2003@Yahoo.com.
Currently exhibiting at Rik Reay gallery space: Art for Equity
Featuring illustrations produced for Equitable Cambodia, by Sen Samondara, ‘Vuth‘, and Tek Tevin.
Since 2006, Our Books has regularly worked to produce hundreds of illustrations to help explain Cambodia’s legal code.
Originally produced for Bridges Across Borders‘ Paralegal Manual, the illustrations have been recycled for numerous special interest publications. ‘BAB’ recently rebranded as ‘Equitable Cambodia‘, and has a wide range of programs and publications aiming to increase understanding and participation in Cambodia’s legal system.
This exhibition will run through April 30th and will rotate a variety of pictures by the featured artists.
Street 178, daily from 6am to 12 noon: #69c, Street 178, Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
Press Release: Our Books is pleased to announce the ‘soft launch’ of our permanent exhibition space at ‘Rik Reay‘ Restaurant, Street 178, 69c.
Our first exhibition features art from ’24 Hour Comics Day 2012′ by Sao Sreymao, Veejay Joson, Peou Ty, Seng Visal, Kim Phally (Our Books Graphic Designer), Sin Yang Pirom, and Chan Pisey. (Running from February 28th to March 12.)
By exhibiting at a local Khmer restaurant, we aim to engage people with comics outside of a gallery context, as a part of their daily life.
Future exhibitions will feature a diverse selection of art, from NGO outreach projects to new creative efforts from local artists.
Rik Reay restaurant is open from 6am to 12 noon. For further exhibition inquiries, please get in touch with Our Books.