Street art, urban art, graffiti - whatever you want to call it has always been a hot topic wherever it's created, but here in Cambodia where a slightly more reserved culture exists it's finally finding it's feet.
With a yearly event celebrating street art in Cambodia now having 2 very successful years, it's on the up! And the talent and beauty of the pieces are being recognized the world over.
More details on their official Facebook page
The BLKFOX team recently got an email out of the blue from Kbach Gallery - a brand new gallery (and soon to be workshop for aspiring artists to perfect their craft) focusing on local and international street art brought to Phnom Penh. Our task was simple enough but anyone who's ever done business in Cambodia knows oh too well... Simple things can mean hours in traffic and tuk tuks.
The artists and gallery owner Tony had already pulled together some incredible pieces of art, some reproductions of well known art already on walls around the city and some unique one off pieces. Now all we had to do was pull together (and do the artwork justice) print work, signage and custom tuk tuks for the opening show aptly named - Rebirth... Obviously being in the design world having the chance to be involved with this project was an absolute no brainer. Meeting with artists who's work has found international acclaim, watching them work and understanding the unstoppable rise of a Cambodian street art scene and youth culture has all been a huge bonus.
The gallery's opening show is starting at 10am on the 2nd April at Kbach Gallery on St 178 (between Norodom and St 19) and will be featuring 12 pieces from world class Cambodian and international street artists, including:
FONKI – CAMBODIA
BEYUNG – CAMBODIA
STINKFISH – COLOMBIA
CHIFUMI – FRANCE
THEO VALLIER – FRANCE
SOLO CINK – BELGIUM
SEAN DUFFELL – NEW ZEALAND
CECE NOBRE – BRAZIL/USA/PARAGUAY
OLIVIER BONNARD – CANADA
The official video for Kbach Gallery's opening show.
Sunday 2nd April
42 Street 178, Phnom Penh
By it's very nature street art is very much a love or hate form of art, does Cambodia need this kind of art plastered on it's streets? In my opinion any form of cultural expression that looks that damn good can only succeed in blowing away the cobwebs of a nation in it's infancy of diversity and freedom. Yes you have the grizzly past of the genocide museum and killing fields but surely this new wave of cultural expression should serve as a testament to how a nation can grow from a tremendous suffering to a colorful future and their very own "Rebirth".
Some amazing examples from both local Cambodian and International street artists around Phnom Penh.
Large mural my Lisa Mam, Seth, and Peap Tarr
Tuk Tuk graffiti art in the Boeung Kak area in Phnom Penh
More urban art in the Boeung Kak area, Phnom Penh
"Play With A New Rules" Boeung Kak, Phnom Penh
"Deamze" Boeung Kak, Phnom Penh
Boeung Kak, Phnom Penh
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