ROMCHEIK 5 is the name of the neighbourhood of Battambang where, in 2012, 4 young artists (20 to 25 years old) have established their joint workshop & studios with the help of a donor.
Three years later, in 2015, this space has been extended with the construction of a building sheltering a gallery and a little museum with a permanent collection of their best artworks.
About the artists:
- Hak BOR (born in October 1990 in Kompong Thom Province)
- Seyha HOUR (born in April 1991 in Siem Reap)
- Chanpenh NGET (born in November 1993 in Banteay Meanchey province)
- Chankrim MIL (born in April 1991 in Banteay Meanchey province)
They all graduated from Phare Ponleu Selpak visual art school in 2013.
But above all, they share the same rough personal background and history, one made of wounds, abandonment, irresponsible parents, exile, hard labour, distress and loneliness…
After being expelled from Thailand where they were forced to work during their childhood, they were collected and sheltered by a NGO that has led them on the path of learning the visual arts.
Despite their young age, and even before they graduated, they already participated in solo and duo exhibitions in Phnom Penh, and group exhibitions in France, Canada and of course Cambodia. Some of their works have been sold in several countries in Europe (Switzerland, France, Germany, Italy...), Asia (Hong Kong, Singapore), Australia and USA.
They used to say: “We all share the same past, live the same present and maybe the destiny will give us the same destination in the future...”
About the place:
Originally, a land with 4 small wooden huts had been purchased in order to house these young artists without roots nor family in Battambang. In a second step, in 2013 a home for the manager and storage of the artworks was built on the same land.
Finally, in 2014, a small adjacent plot was acquired for the construction of a building of 80 m2 ground on 3 levels (total 250 m2). The ground floor is devoted to a gallery with temporary exhibitions of local artists, the first level is reserved for the museum's permanent collection which retains the group’s best pieces collected since 2011.
In all, almost one hundred original art works will be available to visitors. The second level "roof-top", is a versatile space that can be used both for the working group, performance or other festivities. It has a breathtaking view of the city and the surrounding countryside.
The entrance to the all site is free. Some artworks may be for sale and a donation from visitors who have enjoyed their visit is of course welcome and will contribute to the maintenance of the premises and the purchase of artist materials.
INAUGURATION OF THE NEW BUILDING & OPENING OF THE EXHIBITION
Saturday 7 March at 5 pm
“The beginning of the journey” by Seyha HOUR
Retrospective 2011-2014: from his first foray into painting to his latest creation, a journey through the dazzlings, hesitations, researches, false trails, return in his steps, despondency, compromises...well all these ingredients that make, in the words of Albert Camus, “these artists uncertain of being one but sure not to be something else.
Tel. (English/French) +855 (0) 92 159 786 - (English/Khmer) +855 (0) 95 521 432
Alain Troulet from Romcheik 5