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The Phnom Penh Look

Exhibition, shop and retro vibe!

Featuring a collection of images of handpainted salon signs by Jim
Tulloch and fashion objects by Friends International
Opening 6 – 9pm Thursday, November 8, 2012 with live Cambodian 60s
Java Café & Gallery, 56 Sihanouk Blvd

“When I arrived in Phnom Penh ten years ago, I was immediately
struck by the number of hand-painted signs promoting all sorts of
things: the cinema, dentists, billiard halls, motorcycle washes and
above all hairdressers. The latter gave by far the best chance of
capturing a series of images – hairdresser signs seemed to be
everywhere. This itself said something about Phnom Penh and the
aspiration of its population to look smart, fashionable, at whatever
level they could afford. It was clear to me that within a short time
these hand-painted street signs would largely disappear. Sadly, that
is the case; most have been replaced by digital photographs now
printable on almost any surface.” – Jim Tulloch

This very unique collection has been printed on canvas in celebration
of and to preserve the fun, the charm and quirkiness of DIY. All works
for sale.

On the opening night we will indulge our nostalgic tendencies with
live Cambodian 60s music and ask those attending to put on their own
“Phnom Penh look” – beehives encouraged!

The series of images has been donated to Friends International, whose
design team has created all new fashionable objects, t-shirts, bags
and more, sporting “the Phnom Penh look.” Inside the exhibition,
Friends will run a shop offering their new line.

All profits from canvas and product sales are donated to Friends

Jim Tulloch has travelled widely outside of his home country,
Australia, for most of the last 40 years, working on public health in
developing countries, including periods living in Bangladesh, Papua
New Guinea, East Timor and Colombia, where he is now based. From 2002
to 2005 he lived in Cambodia where he worked with the World Health
Organization. In his (limited) spare time he likes to photograph
ordinary life around him, “just for the record.”

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