Ratanakiri is located in the north-east area of the country, in the border with Laos and Vietnam. This is a province of wild forest, mountains, rivers, waterfalls and lakes, whose lands are red and whose skies look like paintings. Economically, it is one of the poorest regions of the country, but it is also one of the richest in diversity, as there are many ethnic minority groups living here.
Ratanakiri Cultural Centre is placed in Banlung, the capital city. This centre was built by UNESCO and now the Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts manages it. The Cultural Centre is a set of buildings where we can find exhibition halls, indoor and outdoor theatres and a huge office and classrooms building. All these constructions are framed in an enormous garden at Banlung downtown.
Thanks to UNESCO, who facilitated the contact with the Department of Culture and Fine Arts, we were allowed to showcase the exhibit and to develop the workshops at the centre.
The exhibition building is a one storey building with a four gabled roof with a central unit, which hosts a bathroom and store room; this is surrounded by an indoor patio that connects with the outside by four corridors. These corridors separate the four L shaped exhibition halls.
When we arrived, three of the halls were busy. Two of them were hosting a beautiful exhibition about Ratanakiri ethnic minorities arts and handicraft . The available space was the central patio and one of the halls, so we decided to set up Through Waters exhibition on the side walls of the patio, leaving the central space to Chhea’s creations. In the hall we would show the two sculptures and the painting performed by Vollak together with the outcomes of the drawing and photo workshop.
On Sunday May 3rd we held a small inauguration; the attendants were the Build Bright University students and the participants of Yeak Loam workshop. The exhibition was open to the public for two weeks and, apart from the high school students who attended our workshop, some of the inhabitants of Banlung also came to enjoy it.