NEWS
 
28th February, 2017
HUMAN RIGHTS ACTIVISTS & “CAMBODIA REAWAKENING” PHOTO EXHIBIT
 
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CALENDAR
February, 2017
Events at META-HOUSE
 
 
 
FROM NOW ON:
NO admission fee for screenings anymore (unless noted otherwise).
 
FREE ENTRANCE:
X-PAT-SOUND system DJ party every thursday (8.30PM)
 
META HOUSE encourages Cambodian and international artists to explore the field of "community-based art” – an art form based in a community setting that takes a grassroots approach. Artwork of this genre can be characterized by interaction and/or dialogue. The term was defined in the late-1960s and spawned a movement which grew in the United States, Canada, UK, Ireland and Australia.
Following projects are realized:
BUILDING A DREAM
 
COLOURING CAMBODIA
 
THE BANYAN PROJECT
 
 
BUILDING A DREAM
 
At the end of 2006, Cambodian artist Chan Pisey (26) worked for three months with the Cambodian NGO "New Future for Children" (NFC), which is funded primarily by the German Foundation, KKEV. Ninety-six orphans and vulnerable children currently live there and nearly all of them go to Khmer school. Additionally, at the shelter they learn English, traditional dance, music, handicrafts and farming techniques. The NGOs director Kong Sovannlay and his 22 staff members know about the importance of a profound education. "If we don't educate the kids properly", he states, "they will be more likely to turn to theft and drugs."

Within her own work, Chan Pisey focusses on orphans and vulnerable children and earns her living illustrating advocacy books for local NGOs. Through Pisey's drawing class, 13 Cambodian teenagers aged 13 to 17 learn to reflect on their troubled past and present living conditions.

In the near future all of the NFC children will move to a newly built village on the outskirts of Phnom Penh. KKEV-founder Michael Weiss, a German architect, has designed it together with his children. He states, "The kids are highly receptive - something we are not used to with German kids back home. Through our project work they have learned a lot about how a community functions - and always in a playful way. The model that we built was so good that the authorities gave us a building permit without seeing the plans and drawings."
CHAN PISEY
Born 1983 in Battambang, Cambodia. Pisey studied art at PHARE (Ponleu Selapak Art School, 1997 - 2001) and Graphic Design (2000 - 2002) in Battambang. She moved to Phnom Penh to study at SETEC (2003 - 2004). She has completed short courses in Human Rights, Women Promotion and Behaviour Change Communication and worked as graphic designer and comic book illustrator with NGOs such as ACTION IEC, Population Services International, Mlup Baitong.
 
COLLECTION OF THE CHILDRENS DRAWINGS
 
THE PROJECT PICTURES
 
COLOURING CAMBODIA
 
When staying at META HOUSE the B-Crew decided to spray at the NFC children's center in Anloung Khrnang...
THE B-CREW
(crew leader) | visual artist, born 1979 | visual artist, born 1980 | graffiti artist, born 1987 | sculpture artist, born 1980 Group Exhibitions: YOUTH FESTIVAL in Van Thanh, HCMC, May 2006; "VONG" Exhibition, HCMC, July 2006; INTERCITY Project, Meta House Phnom Penh, December 2006; "WOLF’S PARTY", HCMC, Feb. 2007. Awards: 3rd award -Yamaha Youth Party, HCMC March 2006; First Prize, Dam Sen Hip Hop Festival, HCMC, July 2006
 
THE PROJECT PICTURES
 
THE BANYAN PROJECT
 
BANYAN PROJECT is a traveling art festival. 70 artists from 25 countries contributed their original art works to this project. These artists developed various concepts, concerning how their work in the framework of "off-the-road" workshops; how an artwork created in Asia could be successfully transplanted in Africa; the interaction between a work of art created in France and a group of street kids in a workshop held in Bangkok. BANYAN PROJECT follows the growing structure of the tropical tree of ficus (benjamin, etc.), its vertical and horizontal principles of growth.

In course of two recent workshops, one sponsored by NFC (New Future for Children) and another held at Wat Opod (the Wat Opod Project), in Takeo, participating children developed a BANYAN REMIX SHOW, their own interpretation of a selection of original works by seventy artists from around the world and transported to Cambodia by Alfred Banze. The workshops were supported by the young Cambodian artist Sokuntevy Oeur and by Juhani Koivumaki, a filmmaker from Finland.

www.banyan-project.de
ALFRED BANZE
Born 1958 in Kirchbauna, lives in Berlin. Diploma in Fine Arts at Kassel University. Postgraduate studies in AV Media at KHM Cologne. Since 2000 he has worked on "Media Art Youth Projects" in Berlin. 2003, guest professor at HFF Filmschool in Potsdam. 2004/07, lecturer in Potsdam, Munster, Paderborn, Bangkok, Kunming, Accra, Hanoi. Alfred Banze makes films, performances, installations, drawings and objects. Since 2000 he has worked on community-based art projects in which he involves children, young people, artists, and specialists in different fields.
 
THE PROJECT PICTURES