A transformative art project that aims to throw the spotlight on Battambang challenges and opportunities, while celebrating the province’s rich cultural and artistic heritage.
Phare Ponleu Selpak and Agence Française de Développement (AFD) have come together to launch the project, which uses the power of art to instigate change. It is supported by the Métis Fund, an initiative launched in 2021 that leverages the arts and artists to strengthen the impact of AFD’s continued development efforts.
The project will focus on hitting the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by fostering sustainable and inclusive development while celebrating Battambang’s heritage as both a cultural and artistic hub.
The seeds for the project were first planted in January at a Phare Design.Lab workshop held in Battambang. This brought together more than 20 students from Phare Visual and Applied Arts School.
According to AFD, the week-long workshop was a resounding success, with seven impressive artworks produced. These were displayed in the garden of the French Embassy on February 20 as part of AFD’s celebrations to mark 30 years of operations in Cambodia.
Building on this success, the project now aims to bring these artworks to a larger audience. The final exhibition will take place during a one-day festival in Battambang city in October. It will feature five art installations and a circus performance.
“The project serves as a testament to the artistic prowess and creativity that thrives in Battambang. It relies on the collaboration of artists and the engagement of local communities to celebrate the province’s rich heritage and potential,” according to a press release announcing the project.
“It will place great importance on community involvement, inviting residents of Battambang to contribute to the installation, attend the circus performance, and interact with the art pieces. Phare Ponleu Selpak, AFD and Métis Initiative believe that through this artistic endeavor, they can ignite positive change, inspire sustainable development, and empower communities.”
More details will be released in the coming months.