Archive for January, 2007

Popil Photogallery Update

Monday, January 29th, 2007

Happy New Year from Popil

Hey, Happy New Year! I am a bit late but it’s still time to wish!
If you have not seen Vandy Rattana’s show “Looking in my Office”, it’s still
on the walls, until early February.

So I am back to Phnom Penh and there are things I want to share with you.
First, it’s a pleasure for me to tell that you can see photographic works I
made these last months and that I have uploaded recently on my web
galleries. So, feel free to visit:

Furthermore, I need to announce that mid-February will be an active
photographic time for Popil and for you too if you wish:

– a new show on February Saturday 10th at gallery
– another Popil photo exhibition on February Monday 12th, but at National
Library of Cambodia, in Phnom Penh (don’t confuse!)
– and a few days later, back at Popil gallery, some photographer’s slide
show and talk, 3 evenings in a raw so you will not miss it!

Of course, I will tell you more and in details when it comes.

Furthermore and last, I take advantage that I have your attention to
announce that I will quit Cambodia in the next months. Some other adventures
to live out of the country.
Popil house is to be rent as space for your company, business, projects,
activities, organization, etc.
It can be rent the whole of it, or ground floor or upstairs floors
separately. House has been fully renovated recently,
Ground floor space is large and great. Upstairs is large the same, a long
living room with kitchen at the end, with view on the garden.
Bedroom and bathroom on a higher level can accommodate a single or a couple.
Yard in front of the house fits for car or motos, garden behind the house is
also extra green space that can welcome birds as well as your friends or
visitors. Of course, both yard and garden can be used in many different
I will put announcement in the newspapers soon.
For more information, get in touch with me at 012 99 27 50.

See you soon at gallery.
Best Wishes again,

Stephane Janin
Photographer and Director of the Popil PhotoGallery.

Popil PhotoGallery
#126, street 19
Phnom Penh, Cambodia

(855) – 12 992 750


Femme Fatale @ Blue Chili

Monday, January 29th, 2007

Saturday Night Fever

Female Saturday Night Fever

First Women only Party
in Phnom Penh

3. February 2007

@ Blue Chilli
(Str. 178, between Str. 19 and Norodom Blv.)


Monday, January 29th, 2007

Bronwyn Burns
Arts Lounge Curator
22 January 2007

The Arts Lounge at The Hôtel de la Paix, Siem Reap, features “Khmer
Feminitude”, a solo exhibition by Christian Develter from February 14th
until April 15th 2007.

As he continues to explore the aesthetic mystery of Asian culture,
Bangkok-based Belgian artist Christian Develter presents his latest series
of paintings at The Arts Lounge, a hip gallery bar in the hub of Siem Reap’s
up-’n-bustling town. Inspired by Christian’s impressions and experiences of
Cambodia over the past ten years, the “Khmer Feminitude” collection is a
tribute to the grace and elegance of Cambodian women both traditional and

In each painting, from his interpretation of the deity Apsara, to the
highlight of the exhibit, H.M. Queen Sisowath Kossamak Nearireath, Christian’s
brush conveys a sense of festive celebration with an indulgence in colour
distinctive of his style. Though his flamboyant use of colour and costume
may tempt one to define Christian’s works as pop-art and leave it at that,
his works are far from random flights of fancy. Christian’s appreciation of
colour nuance is a calculated one, giving his canvas a depth that is at once
playfully sensuous yet simultaneously contemplative with a resonant respect
for his subjects.

“A lot of contemporary art tends towards expressing the difficulties of
life,” says Christian, “I enjoy portraying a sense of optimism and beauty,
and this is so inherent in Asia with its emphasis on make-up, colour and
costume.” His technique of balancing hues, combined with his simple
uncluttered use of shape and form, encapsulates the coy confidence Asian
women have for all time intrigued and mystified the western world.

Christian’s fascination with the ambiguities of Asian culture has become the
focal point of his artistic expression over the past twelve years. He has
exhibited extensively in Thailand and Belgium as well as in China and India.
“Khmer Feminitude” is his first exhibit in Cambodia and the opening will be
held on Wednesday, February 14th from 7 – 9pm. The Arts Lounge, located in
the hip-chic Hôtel de la Paix, is open to the public from 10am till late.

The Arts Lounge not only supports the Cambodian art scene but also promotes
a borderless exchange of ideas, encouraging expression of thought from both
international and local sources. This interactive gallery space revolves
exhibitions bi-monthly, showcasing original artworks and performances that
connect visitors to a unique experience of Khmer culture.

Hôtel de la Paix is operated by Bed Management Company, Bangkok, which is
recognized as a creative and successful developer of independent boutique
hotels and destination restaurants and bars in Southeast Asia. In Siem Reap,
Bed Management also operates a hospitality training institute at the 18-room
sister hotel, The Shinta Mani.

For media information on current and upcoming exhibitions at the Arts Lounge
please contact Bronwyn at For reservations

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Conférence – Etudier en France et en francophonie

Monday, January 29th, 2007

> jeudi 1er fevrier 2007- 18h30 
> cinéma du CCF
Organisée en partenariat par l’Ambassade de France et l’Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie (AUF), cette conférence rassemblera différents intervenants issus de la coopération française et de l’AUF, qui présenteront un panorama des formations en France et dans le monde francophone (cursus universitaires, grandes écoles, formations professionnelles…).
Cette conférence, qui a pour but d’orienter les étudiants cambodgiens souhaitant poursuivre des études en France et en francophonie, sera également l’occasion de rappeler les accords d’échanges existants entre établissements universitaires, les programmes de bourses du gouvernement français et de l’AUF et le rôle de ces bourses dans le cadre de l’aide au développement du Cambodge.
Les interventions seront suivies d’une séance de questions et d’un cocktail au Café du Centre.
Centre Culturel Français du Cambodge
218 rue Kéo Chea (184) – Phnom Penh – tel : 00 (855) 23 213 124 / 125
e-mail :



Monday, January 29th, 2007
Welcome to the Newsletter of the multimedia project Interculturality (working title).

I am happy to say that we are more than 20 people from 12 nationalities interested or committed to this project.

On our blogg we will discuss the progress of the project and hope that more and more people will contribute to our think tank page.

For all the member in PP – this page will also give preparation for the upcoming sessions.

This Thursday session will be birth and birthday and i started to collect some texts to that. So it makes always sense if you check on Wednesdays what’s coming up.

For all think tank member all over the globe – there will be general discussion points and an update on current working status. I am always looking for stimulations and ideas on games, movement trainings and brain drain.

So well than bookmark: and I will send regular newsletter to  sum up comments!!

With a big fat smile for this monday morning!