Rosewood Phnom Penh has collaborated with the country’s most influential and up-and-coming artists to showcase some of Cambodia’s most exciting contemporary artworks.
The event saw the artists come together to send out a unified message of the importance of humanity and women’s empowerment in today’s world.
Speaking at the event, the communications manager of Rosewood Phnom Penh Manon Pauchet said: “Our Art Gallery is delighted to welcome the new exhibition “Complimentarity”, which will be showcased between September 9 and January 10.”
The primary theme of “Complementarity,”, is what the artists describe as “the art of living together, “which aims to deliver a message of social harmony, empathy, compassion, ethics and responsibility.”
The artists explored 11 compelling themes, including human chaos, femininity and masculinity, violence in contrast, parenthood, empathy/compassion and vulnerability, all of which communicate their vision of a more empathetic, supportive, generous and caring world.
“The black and white, the yin and yang, all coexist in a state of equilibrium giving the right balance to the universe,” the artists explain.
The event can be described as colourful and prismatic. Whether it be the paintings or the exquisite dresses showcased, the works on offer displayed the vibrant and the glamorous, in an attempt to communicate with women around the world.
The idea behind the colourful theme is closely connected to the emotions felt by women that they are sometimes afraid to show off to the world.
Through this event, the artists are trying to encourage such women to leave their fears behind and shine bright.
French-Cambodian Artist, 24-year-old Adana Mam Legros, who was featured at the event said her passion comes from her desire to create a better, brighter world.
A passionate activist, Legros understood that activism and art would always be two of the most important aspects of her life and since her venture into art she has exhibited all over the world, from New York to Paris and Brussels to Bangkok.
“I use my works to convey very complicated and necessary messages related to the state of our planet and civilisation,” says Legros. “I not only tap into spiritual and philosophical questioning through my work but also political and social matters.”
Phnom Penh-based portrait artist Tytaart also showcased her intimate and fine art photography series. Tytaart works with natural light, drawing inspiration from the way in which highlights and shadow balance one another, with a strong focus on the beauty of humanity.
“When I am shooting, all parts of me – the body, the mind, and the heart – are driving towards one goal,” says Tytaart. “Whilst my eyes are looking for the frame, my hands are also moving at the same time. Sometimes, when I get a really good frame where all the compositions complement each other, I feel a certain kind of euphoria.”
To add another layer of collaboration and excitement, the artists invited two Cambodia-based fashion designers, Eric Raisina and Romyda Keth, to also showcase a collection of 10 dresses.
Eric Raisina is a fashion designer born in Madagascar, who studied fashion in Paris but was always inspired by Cambodian silk weavers and the ancient technique of producing the fabric.
Romyda Keth was born in Phnom Penh in 1966 before moving to Paris with her family in 1973, studying at the Paris School of Fine Arts.
She returned to the Kingdom in 1994 and opened her first boutique in 1999, the first of three.
To celebrate the launch of “Complementarity”, Rosewood organised a public event at their Sora Skybar where singer Laura Mam’s live performance was enjoyed by guests, followed by DJ Marie Thach.
“Rosewood Phnom Penh is delighted to present “Complementarity” and we look forward to welcoming curious visitors from all backgrounds to see this vision of how to be part of a more compassionate world.” – a notion that truly resonates with the Rosewood team worldwide,” says Michael James Parker, managing director of Rosewood Phnom Penh.
Speaking at the event, Minister of Culture and Fine Arts Phoeurng Sackona said: “Art is a big part of our Cambodian history and culture. In this event we have talented female artists who have come together to show their passion to encourage young women and show anything is possible. The Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts acknowledges the values and uniqueness of female artists. We would love to encourage more women to be pioneers in our art community.”