Hand-painted Cambodia: Street signs from Phnom Penh and beyond

A talk by Sam Roberts

6th June at The Gallery

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Flying pigs, retro hairstyles and hand grenades will all feature in this talk about the art and craft of Cambodia's street advertising.

The story of the signs and the people who paint them will be introduced with reference to Cambodian art, culture and history. This story is inseparable from events in Cambodia over the last 40 years, notably the impact of the infamous Khmer Rouge regime. This crushed both art and commerce, the two spheres of activity straddled by these hand-painted signs. Their rise and gradual fall since this time brings us up to the current day and the uncertain future faced by this characteristic feature of Cambodia’s streets.

Sam Roberts is a researcher, writer and photographer. With a passion for hand-painted signage, in 2012 he published his first book, Hand-Painted Signs of Kratie. Earlier however, Sam curated the History of Advertising Trust Ghostsigns Archive and members will recall the earlier talk he gave to the Society on this fascinating subject. He maintains the Ghostsigns blog and website at www.ghostsigns.co.uk.


The Gallery, 70/77 Cowcross Street, London, EC1M 6EJ
(Nearest tube: Farringdon)


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