The “Crimes Against Nature” art exhibition will take place starting today, June 30 to July 5, 2012. Yesterday however, we had a private party with the folks of MJP- The Maddox Jolie Pitt Foundation, who approached the art community of Battambang with a proposal of collaborating in efforts to create awareness about the protected forest of Samlout, Cambodia. Samlout is a national forest shared by the Thailand Cambodian border which has suffered horrors like deforestation due to illegal logging, poaching, and explosive mines.
MJP has decided to work with the creative team at Make Maek art space on st. 2.5 in order to try an alternative way of communicating/educating the public about what is happening to the land in Cambodia. After extensive meetings, planning, and having recruited local artists to help in this project, the result was a colorful, disturbing, and beautiful presentation. Let’s make Brangelina proud! Here are a lot of photos of the event and the artwork.
Below we have Bee’s painting in his very own style.
The biggest surprise for me was Thean Ly’s painting below, with his zombie vs. flowers inspired masterpiece. Check it out! & some detail photos just because this painting is incredible!
Soviet of course participated. Soviet has been spearheading the local art movement in Battambang, Cambodia. He’s the guy in The New York Times, and the guy you’ll keep hearing more about these next couple of months.
Here is Sophorn with her mother nature inspired painting.
Here with my buddy Soviet.
Here is the MJP team. Rangers, officers, CEO, etc.
I will be going to Malaysia for the month of July in hopes of seeing some orangutans, real jungle adventures, and great food! I’ll post documentation of the whole thing. + I’m learning one of the most famous Cambodian songs in Cambodian so I’m in the works of making a music video 😛 It will be interesting.
Peace and Love !