Urban voice

Published: Wednesday 15 October 2008

-- Change speaks for itself with the 'I Love Phnom Penh' exhibition that was launched at the Java Caf and Gallery, Phnom Penh on September 12. A part of the architectural month celebrations in Cambodia, the exhibition is about artists trying to highlight the developmental changes affecting the environment of Phnom Penh. It is an interactive collaboration between artists and common people who were invited to express their vision of Phnom Penh.

The exhibition has been designed to constantly evolve within its 2-week lifespan, as more people can come up to either contribute or comment on other people's work.

"People need to have a voice about the architectural changes taking place in Phnom Penh, and the art community is where this voice could and should start," said Langlois, owner of Java Cafe and Gallery. Among the artists featured at this exhibition is Kong Vollak, a 25 year old high school drawing teacher. One of his exhibits is an artistic look at the convoluted electric lines in Phnom Penh and how they are affecting the beauty of the city. "I hope this exhibition will be successful and that it will make people think about both the good and bad aspects of development in Phnom Penh", he says.

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