title art for documentary about Cambodian architect Vann Molyvann.

Artist Q&A: Chris Rompré discusses his documentary about legendary Cambodian architect, Vann Molyvann

Chris Rompré is a Canadian filmmaker based in Phnom Penh. He and Haig Balian – Rompré’s business partner and friend – have just finished their first narrative documentary, The Man Who Built Cambodia, which explores the life and work of Cambodian architect Vann Molyvann.

The documentary traces Molyvann’s career from the development of ‘New Khmer Architecture’, of which he was a central figure, to his return to Cambodia in the 1990s as he grapples with seeing many of his works being neglected or destroyed in the post-Khmer Rouge era.

Rompré talks to Nipa about how he and Balian came to produce this documentary and the support they’ve received along the way.

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Southeast Asia’s unmissable art events in February

Welcome to February, Nipa readers. Chúc Mừng Năm Mới for everyone celebrating Tết and Gong Xi Fa Cai (恭禧發財) for everyone celebrating Chinese New Year. We wish you happiness, health and great art for the year to come. Now, just because February is the shortest month of the year, doesn’t mean there isn’t a lot to look forward to. We’ve rustled up a list of fun happenings in Southeast Asia’s art world for this month. Continue reading “Southeast Asia’s unmissable art events in February”

Exhibition preview: Art Stage Singapore extends its program with a new forum that focuses on Southeast Asia

This year Art Stage Singapore, which runs from 21 to 24 January, will introduce the Southeast Asia Forum to its program with the purpose of emphasising the balance between art, commerce and content. We’re pleased to bring you a preview of the forum’s exhibition portion, which this year will focus on urbanisation.

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A photo from Sharon Chin's Weeds/Rumpai series to be exhibited at APT 8

From Malaysia: Weeds and political power

It comes only once every three years, but when it does it is oh so sweet. We’re talking about the Asia Pacific Triennial! In the lead up to the exhibition, we’ll be doing a series of posts previewing/profiling works by the artists representing the Southeast Asian region. Here’s what will be exhibited from Malaysia.

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Still frame from Anida Yoeu Ali's Buddhist Bug Project.

From Cambodia: Buddhist Bugs, a Rubber Man and Traumatic Pasts

It comes only once every three years, but when it does it is oh so sweet. We’re talking about the Asia Pacific Triennial! In the lead up to the exhibition, we’ll be doing a series of posts previewing/profiling works by the artists representing the Southeast Asian region. Here’s what will be exhibited from Cambodia.

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