While writing the previous post, I realized that I’ve never posted my video of the art program at Wat Opot. The video briefly features Jon Sochea (Lankrome), the boy who recently died of AIDS, and I’ve since dedicated it to him. The art program is for kids at Wat Opot and from the surrounding community. I shot it at a community art party where experienced students helped others experience painting on canvas. Many of the participants were painting for the first time, and sometimes the results were surprising. I thought Lankrome’s painting was the best of the day. The teacher is arguably one of Cambodia’s best artists, but he has chosen obscurity. He was one of the founders of Phare Ponleu Selpak, Cambodia’s rising art school in Battambang. Now he wants to bring art in pure form, minus commercialization and fame, to the rural poor in Cambodia. This video is a rough effort done in a hurry, but if you like watching kids discover art, or wonder how rural poor children respond to art, you may well enjoy watching it.
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