Monday, October 19, 2009

Louis Braille Exhibition Opened in Phnom Penh

BY BUTH REAKSMEY KONGKEA

The French Cultural Center (FCC) has organized the Louis Braille Exhibition, and Dance (Roam) festival in Phnom Penh to promote good relations and cooperation between Cambodia and France. The Louis Braille Exhibition was opened on the 15th of October at the FCC, and the Dance Festival was organized from October 16-17, at Chenla Theatre in Phnom Penh.

Alain Arnaudet, Director of the French Cultural Center, said the exhibition has been curate by Erin Gleeson and Roam is jointly organized by the FCC and Amrita Performing Arts in order to promote the traditional culture and cooperation between the two countries in the future.

“These exhibitions show to people that we can be creative and make art using objects of daily life like plastic bottles. We can create art out of everything,” he said.

The FCC director pointed out that dancers and Visual Artist are very creative in the country and this is the FCC duty to give Cambodian people the opportunity to show their talent. He also said that with these projects, the French Cultural Centre wants to promote the artistic works and help the new generation of artists in Cambodia.

To promote traditional culture and artistic works in Cambodia, the French Cultural Centre planed to organize more events in Phnom Penh the end of December 2009, including conferences, exhibitions, screenings, shows and the Photo Phnom Penh festival.

Erin Gleeson, Curator and Organizer of the Accumulations, said that this is the first time for her to work with French Cultural Center. She said this exhibition is aiming to address Cambodian people about current Cambodian markets which are stocked with materials that served both traditional and changing lifestyles in Cambodia.

“This is the first time for me to work with the French Culture Center and I am happy to work in this space because there are work galleries, the only four galleries in Cambodia. The main purpose of the accumulations is to reflect about the social and environmental conditions of contemporary Cambodia. I think that showing works like this exhibition will benefit the audiences in Cambodian because the work all have something common and this is the habit of everyone in Cambodia as well as other countries in the world,” she told The Southeast Asia Weekly during a personal interview on October 15.

She said that the four artists are from Reyum Institute and they graduated together at the Reyum Institute in 2005 and they continued working in art.

Chin Prasith, Communication Officer of Krousar Thmey, said his organization has also displayed his organization’s activities at the FCC. He said that the objective of the exhibitions is for public to discover the unknown world of Braille writing and more generally the education of the young blind in Cambodia. He added that another objective of the exhibitions is to mark the bicentenary of Louis Braille’s birthday, a brilliant French blind man who has created writing and reading system with raised dots for blind people in the world.

“I hope that through my organization’s exhibition here, many people will be aware about my organization’s hard work in working to improve and promote the condition-condition of blind people and their education opportunities in Cambodia,” he said.

According to Krousar Thmey’s report, nowadays there are over 8,000 blind children under the age of 15 in Cambodia.



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