Contemporary Arts Making and Creative Expression Among Young Cambodians

Contemporary Arts Making and Creative Expression Among Young Cambodians is a Phase 2 Large Grant Project. 

This project analyses the contemporary expressions of young Cambodian artists and their relationship to post-conflict identity. It examines how arts NGOs support and shape these activities, and reflects on the challenges they face. These interlinked foci will be achieved by examining the work of one of Cambodia’s leading arts NGOs, Cambodian Living Arts (CLA), through their 2020 Cultural Season. The Season supports young artists from across Cambodia in developing and showcasing new work and encourages young audiences to attend artistic events.

Specifically, the research examines key concerns of young Cambodian artists, traces how this affects their creative process, and analyses how the resulting works are received among their peers. In so doing, it examines the varied relationships young people have to past conflicts and the extent to which these shape creative production. By orienting its focus organisationally, the research examines the role of CLA in developing a post-conflict creative sphere, considers which visions and voices are heard, and discusses how CLA can support contemporary artistic expression.

Methodologically, the project will examine the process of selecting, developing, performing and interpreting new works. This will be achieved by observing the selection and development process in meetings and rehearsals, and by interviewing artists and CLA employees about their experiences. The content and form of the final works will be examined using performance analysis, and their interpretation investigated by undertaking qualitative and quantitative investigation of audience reception through student taster performances, post-show talk backs and surveys.

Several companies on stage after Jolana Jongjam Festival (c) Darathtey Din

Fortune Teller by Lim Phanna (c) Jean-Baptiste Phou

Life and Tradition by Chrers Sarun (c) Soth Chandaly

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Phase 2 Large Grant Project Contemporary Arts Making and Creative Expression Among Young Cambodians