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Contemporary Arts Making and Creative Expression Among Young Cambodians

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

This project analysed the contemporary expressions of young Cambodian artists and their relationship to post-conflict identity. It examined how arts NGOs support and shape these activities, and reflects on the challenges they face. These interlinked foci was 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 examined 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 examined 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 examined the role of CLA in developing a post-conflict creative sphere, considers which visions and voices are heard, and discussed how CLA can support contemporary artistic expression.

Methodologically, the project examined the process of selecting, developing, performing and interpreting new works 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 was 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.

Watch CELL by Ka Kou, a dance film commissioned by the project and based on the project's research findings.

 

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

Resource Archive

Search or browse the resource archive for films, reports, toolkits and other resources produced by the Changing the Story and its commissioned projects. Items relating to Cambodia are listed below:

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The Anlong Veng Peace Tours, Cambodia, Khmer Rouge HistoryOn April 18, twelve trainee teachers, including students from Takeo province and three from the local area, themselves children of former Khmer Rouge, participated in the tour. Preparing for the …, , , , , , , , cambodia event phase1 changemakers locationfilm language-english sdg-10-inequalities sdg-16-institutions sdg-5-gender subject-peace
The Anlong Veng Peace ToursBlog (2017/11/24) The Anlong Veng Peace Tours, , , cambodia phase1 locationblog language-english subject-reflections
Report of Cambodia ConferenceIn March 2019, Changing the Story hosted a workshop in Phnom Penh, Cambodia titled ‘Learning from the past with and for young people: Intergenerational dialogue, education and memory after genocide.’, , , , cambodia event locationreport sdg-10-inequalities sdg-16-institutions sdg-4-education
Consolidation, Learning and Evaluation in AsiaProject Principal Investigator, Sreenath Nair The South East Asia Consolidated Learning project will work across a selection of the existing CTS portfolio of projects to draw out key lessons learnt, …Dr Sreenath Nair, , , , , cambodia india malaysia nepal phase2 locationfilm subject-reflections
Participatory methods =/= inclusive methodsBlog (2020/01/29) Participatory methods =/= inclusive methodsDr Andreana Drencheva, , , , , cambodia malaysia phase1 phase2 locationblog language-english subject-reflections
Social enterprises: Supporting and safeguarding refugeesBlog (2019/10/25) Social enterprises: Supporting and safeguarding refugeesDr Andreana Drencheva, , , , , cambodia malaysia phase1 phase2 locationblog language-english subject-reflections
Cambodia workshopIn March 2019, Changing the Story hosted a workshop in Phnom Penh, Cambodia titled ‘Learning from the past with and for young people: Intergenerational dialogue, education and memory after genocide.’ …Prof Paul Cooke, cambodia event locationfilm
LIVING ARTS BLOG: ‘We Have More and More Stories to Share’Blog (2020/08/24) LIVING ARTS BLOG: ‘We Have More and More Stories to Share’, , , , cambodia phase2 locationblog language-english subject-participatory-arts subject-reflections
CTS Workshop in Cambodia Reflections as an Early Career ResearcherBlog (2019/04/30) CTS Workshop in Cambodia Reflections as an Early Career Researcher, , , , , , cambodia event malaysia phase1 phase2 locationblog language-english subject-reflections
Anlong Veng Peace Tours – CambodiaBlog (2018/04/01) Anlong Veng Peace Tours – CambodiaDr Ly Sok-Kheang, Dr Pete Manning, , cambodia phase1 locationblog language-english
PUBLICATION LAUNCH! Changing the Story: Our Third YearBlog (2021/05/21) PUBLICATION LAUNCH! Changing the Story: Our Third YearAisha Kayani, , , , , , , , , , cambodia colombia india kosovo phase2 south-africa changemakers locationblog language-english subject-covid19 subject-participatory-arts youth
Creative Expression among Young Cambodians Webinar Summary (CTS & Oxfam)On March 3, 2021, Changing the Story and Oxfam welcomed practitioners, researchers, youth, and colleagues to an online discussion on how national and international NGOs can engage in creativity, connection …Dr Amanda Rogers, Reaksmey Yean, Sokhorn Yon, , , , , cambodia event locationlanguage-english sdg-10-inequalities sdg-16-institutions sdg-5-gender youth
The shadow of religions in the peace-making processIn this February 2018 article in the Phnom Penh Post, our Cambodia Co-Investigator, Ly Sok-Kheang shares his reflections on Im Chaem’s recent conversion to Christianity and its role in Cambodia’s …Dr Ly Sok-Kheang, , , , cambodia phase1 locationarticle language-english sdg-16-institutions subject-reflections
Phase One Critical Review: The Anlong Veng Peace Tours (Cambodia)As part of Changing the Story’s Phase One activities in Cambodia, this critical review and project reflection explores the use of arts within attempts to redress and remember experiences of …Dr Pete Manning, , , , , , cambodia phase1 locationreport language-english sdg-10-inequalities sdg-16-institutions sdg-4-education subject-reflections
Perspectives from ‘Creative Expression among Young Cambodians’ WorkshopBlog (2021/07/15) Perspectives from ‘Creative Expression among Young Cambodians’ Workshop, , , , cambodia event phase2 locationblog language-english subject-reflections
Arts, Education and Reconciliation in Cambodia: Sociological PerspectivesThis is an Accepted Manuscript version of chapter 8 of the book 'Participatory Arts in International Development' published by Routledge/CRC Press on 29 August 2019. The final version of each …Dr Pete Manning, Sayana Ser, cambodia locationarticle language-english
Changing the Story: Whose stories and why?Blog (2018/05/16) Changing the Story: Whose stories and why?Dr Ly Sok-Kheang, Dr Pete Manning, Sayana Ser, , , , cambodia phase1 changemakers locationblog language-english subject-reflections
Creative Expression and Contemporary Arts Making Among Young CambodiansThe Creative Expression and Contemporary Arts Making Among Young Cambodians research project analysed the creative practices and concerns of young adult artists (18-35 years old) in contemporary Cambodia. The project …Dr Amanda Rogers, , , , , cambodia phase2 locationsdg-10-inequalities sdg-16-institutions sdg-5-gender subject-participatory-arts youth
A long road if we don’t walk togetherBlog (2018/03/23) A long road if we don’t walk togetherInés Soria-Donlan, , cambodia phase1 locationblog language-english
Environmental activism and indigenous issues in Cambodia – film-based advocacy with and for young peopleBlog (2021/07/06) Environmental activism and indigenous issues in Cambodia – film-based advocacy with and for young peopleDr Pete Manning, , , cambodia phase1 locationblog language-english subject-reflections
Intergenerational dialogue, participatory video and perpetrator memories in CambodiaThis article reflects on a series of participatory video projects led by young Cambodians that sought to engage and explore complex ‘perpetrator’ memories with the aim of building dialogue across …Dr Katie Hodgkinson, Dr Pete Manning, Prof Paul Cooke, , , , , , cambodia phase1 locationarticle language-english sdg-10-inequalities sdg-16-institutions sdg-4-education subject-participatory-arts
Environmental activism and Indigenous issues in Cambodia (English)Final project report, 'Environmental activism and Indigenous issues in Cambodia: The role of film-based advocacy with and for young people.' Funding for this project was provided by the UK Arts …Dr Pete Manning, , , , , , cambodia phase1 locationreport language-english sdg-10-inequalities sdg-11-sustainable-cities sdg-13-climate sdg-16-institutions
Environmental activism and Indigenous issues in Cambodia (Khmer)Final project report, 'Environmental activism and Indigenous issues in Cambodia: The role of film-based advocacy with and for young people.' Funding for this project was provided by the UK Arts …Dr Pete Manning, , , , , , cambodia phase1 locationreport language-khmer sdg-10-inequalities sdg-11-sustainable-cities sdg-13-climate sdg-16-institutions