Authentic expression and individual vision – these are two things Full Frontal Gallery takes to heart, and it shows, evident in the artists and the works of art they showcase. Although it calls Cambodia its home, the gallery doesn’t just focus on the growing art scene in the country. Never restricted by borders, the gallery also features the works of contemporary visual artists from all over the world, bringing those outside the region within the reach of Cambodians.
Case in point: California-based Alec Huxley brought remnants of the American West Coast to Siem Reap and has been well received. In 7Saloons 3Brothels 1Postoffice, Alec illustrates the history of the aforementioned region, as its ghosts haunt the walls of Full Frontal Gallery, but in a good way. In the same vein, Japan’s Shoji Ueda, also currently featured on the gallery, wanders to Siem Reap through Retrospective, as part of the official programme of the 12th Angkor Photo Festival & Workshops. The late icon of Japanese photography was not only awarded by the French government with the Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres prize and by his home state of Tottori with their first-ever Prefectural Citizen Achievement award, but was also immortalized in the Shoji Ueda Museum of Photography in Houki-cho.
Closer to home is Yoppy Pieter of Indonesia who graced Full Frontal Gallery with, Saujana Sumpu, his documentation of a contemporary Minangkabau village around Lake Singkarak in West Sumatera. Yoppy features the migration of the people to urban Indonesia, leaving the culture vulnerable to the passage of time. Finally, Farhad Rahman represents Bangladesh through One Last Playground, with which he collates images of local children in their soon-to-be lost playground, a story of transition and loss.
Located in King’s Road Angkor, Corner of Achar Sva Street and 7 Makara Street (High School Road), Siem Reap, Cambodia, Full Frontal Gallery is open Mondays to Saturdays from 10 AM to 10 PM. Collectors and art enthusiasts aren’t just treated to amazing works of art, but also to events such as photography workshops whenever available.
All images are sourced from Full Frontal Gallery.