The roll of the French Institute of Cambodia contains some trade secrets that are to be discovered here :
The translation of the Khmer text, written in the Mekong at the very beginning of the roll, is here :
រស់នៅដោយពេញចិត្តនឹងវប្បធម៌នានា គឺជាការស្វែងយល់អំពីសារៈសំខាន់នៃកិច្ចសន្ទនារវាងការសម្ដែងចេញមកទាំងឡាយរបស់មនុស្សលោក។ គឺតាមរយៈការចែករំលែក ការយល់ឃើញរបស់ខ្លួនផ្ទាល់អំពីលោកី និងស្ថិតក្នុងទស្សនៈគោរពចំពោះភាពខុសគ្នានេះហើយ ដែលយើងអប់រំខ្លួនឯង និងដែលយើងចូលទៅក្នុងគន្លងនៃអនាគតកាល។ វិទ្យាបារាំងនៅកម្ពុជាគឺជាទីកន្លែងមួយសម្រាប់ការផ្លាស់ប្ដូរមតិយោបល់ ពិភាក្សាគ្នា និងចម្រុះវប្បធម៌បែបនេះឯង ជាទីតាំងដែលវប្បធម៌នានាជួបគ្នា នាំមកនូវភាពសម្បូរបែបឱ្យគ្នា និងការស្វែងយល់ពីគ្នាទៅវិញទៅមក។
“Living cultures means understanding the importance of dialogue between different human expressions. It is through the sharing of one’s own representations of the world and in respect of its differences that one educates oneself and becomes part of the future. The French Institute of Cambodia is one of those places of exchange, debate and cross-fertilization where cultures meet and are enriched by the contribution and understanding of the other.”
The leaves that fly away each have a Khmer letter. Together, they compose a slogan :
The request of the IFC (Institut Français au Cambodge) was to illustrate their new slogan
“Living Cultures”: ស្វែង / យល់ / ពី / ពី / វប្បធម.
But I also wanted to integrate their old slogan,
“Sharing Culture”: វប្បធម៌ / ចែក / រំលែក.
Living Cultures – Sharing Culture
ស្វែង យល់ ពី ពី វប្បធម៌ – វប្បធម៌ ចែក រំលែក
By deleting one of the terms “វប្បធម៌” meaning “culture”, we obtain:
ស្វែង យល់ ពី ពី វប្បធម៌ ចែក រំលែក
i.e. the slogan: LIVING CULTURES IN SHARING
The numbers correspond to 5 quotations :
1. “I am almost never serious and I am always too serious, too sensitive, too cold. I am like a collection of paradoxes” – Saussure
2. “How to learn to change glasses”
3. “If you can’t find shoes on your foot, walk barefoot.”
4.”If you have a library and a garden, you have everything you need” – Cicero
5. “If in doubt, go to the library” – JK Rowling
The hidden drawing
When it comes to drawing an “idea” (here a slogan), there is a long research phase at the beginning. In 2010 Sophiline Cheam Shapiro, a choreographer, dancer, singer and educator who has influenced many new ideas in Cambodian classical dance create a show called “The Life of the Giants”. The originality of one of the characters rests in the position, the headdress as well as the costume created especially for the performance.
So I started drawing this character thinking I was doing the right thing, but as it was an “original creation”, I had to find an alternative to replace it with a character in a more “classic” costume. So there is, on my original roll, the atypical character created by Sophiline Cheam Shapiro. But on the mainstream version, we see a classic ogre.
List of books in the library :
Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry – Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket – Marlysa by Jean-Charles Gaudin and Jean-Pierre Danard – The Songlines by Bruce Chatwin – The Ants by Bernard Weber – 1984 de George Orwell – The war of intelligence by Laurent Alexandre – Horla by Guy de Maupassant – Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury – Métamorphose de Franz Kafka – Les voyages de Gulliver by Jonathan Swift – The Use of the World by Nicolas Bouvier – The Best of the World by Aldous Huxley – Germinal by Émile Zola – Periodical of the Journal des voyages – Foundation of Isaac Asimov – Propaganda by Edward Bernays – Les misrables by Victor Hugo – Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes – Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island – The Fables of the Jean de la Fontaine – Isabel Azevedo Drouyer’s Sacred Tattoos – Luigi Serafini’s Codex Seraphinianus – Charles Baudelaire’s Flowers of Evil – Tian’s Hare Year – Collection The books of which you are the hero – The mystery of Jostein Gaarder’s patience – Tracks by Robyn Davidson – Lois Lowry’s tracks – Michael Ende’s endless story – George Groslier’s Cambodian dancers – Jules Verne’s 80-day world tour – DeerKhmer flying by Sim Sarak and Cheang Yarin – Alex Alice’s castle of stars – The art of telling the story of Matthias Debureaux’s travels – Twelve-month ceremonies, Cambodian annual festivals – Jack London’s Croc-Blanc – Charles Perrault’s Les contes de Perrault – G. Cambodian legendsH. Monop – Schuiten and Peeters Urbicande fever