Beauty in the chaos

Harper's Bazaar (India) - - BAZAAR ESCAPE -

punc­tu­ated by gilt-roofed tem­ples in­stead of sky­scrapers.

At the hub of Cam­bo­dia’s art scene is Dana Lan­glois’s two-storey, gleam­ing Java Café, where I caught Chov Theanly, a visual artist re­viv­ing the lost art of oil on can­vas to show char­ac­ters semi-sub­merged in wa­ter, with just their noses emerg­ing hope­fully into clear air.

Then there’s Anida Yoeu Ali’s large orange Bud­dhist Bug, pos­si­bly in­spired by Lewis Car­roll; and Ni­co­las C Grey’s play­fully in­tense Hor­rorVacui, or ‘fear of empty space’. It’s also worth see­ing the in­no­va­tive gallery, Meta House, and the ex­per­i­men­tal space, Sa Sa Art. Then, after me­an­der­ing along Street 178—also known as Art Street— to see the Reyum Gallery and the Na­tional Mu­seum, it’s back to Raf­fles for a cool­ing dip in the sap­phire pool be­neath sun-soaked frangipani. Con­tact: Raf­fles Ho­tel Le Royal, Ph­nom Penh, Cam­bo­dia; tel: +855 2398 1888; www.raf­fles.com.

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