I’ve never posted my video of the art program at Wat Opot. The video briefly features Jon Sochea (Lankrome), a young boy that I’ve known for years who recently died of AIDS. 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 better artists, but he has chosen obscurity. He was one of the original students at the founding of Phare Ponleu Selpak, Cambodia’s rising art school in Battambang. This video is a rough effort done in a hurry, but if you like watching kids discover art, or wonder how rural children respond to art, you may well enjoy it.
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