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Manuel Ocampo at the Museum of Contemporary Art and Design

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Manuel Ocampo at the?Museum of Contemporary Art and Design

The Spectre of Comparison
Lani Maestro
Manuel Ocampo

Curated by Joselina Cruz

The Manila homecoming of the Philippine Pavilion exhibition from the 57th Biennale di Venezia opens tomorrow at the Museum of Contemporary Art and Design (Manila), with an artists’ talk by Lani Maestro and Manuel Ocampo moderated by Curator, Joselina Cruz.

More information here.

Manuel Ocampo: Ideological Mash-Up/Remix

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Manuel Ocampo at?STPI – Creative Workshop & Gallery

“Responding to a global culture of image production and consumption in flux, Manuel Ocampo’s often chaotic and violent compositions present interactions between image-forms of a fragmented time and space, recalling the spectres of history, of painting, and of oneself. Concerned with questions of identity and versions of culture, Ocampo’s works become dimensional screens of symbols and signs that are at once familiar and arbitrary; where humour bathes itself in a certain darkness, and darkness manifests itself in a certain comfort.

This distinct visual language is furthered at STPI, where Ocampo continues to employ symbols and iconography that straddle between accessibility and ambiguity. Developing print and paper experimentations in a collaborative setting which required a different momentum and mode of production, the artist imbues variations of old imagery with new techniques and approaches.”

– excerpt and image from the STPI website

Manuel Ocampo: Ideological Mash-Up/Remix
18 May – 22 June 2019

More information here.

Venice Biennale 2019: the must-see pavilions in the Arsenale

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Philippine Pavilion

Island Weather,?Mark Justiniani

Entering the darkness of the Philippine pavilion, it looks at first glance like the artist Mark Justiniani has been burrowing through the floor to excavate the centuries-old foundations of the Artigliere building. As your eyes adjust, you realise that the tunnel of crumbling masonry is just one element of a bigger illusion. The installation?Arkipelago?(2019), inspired by the hybrid histories of the island nation, consists of three glass-topped biomorphic platforms, or islands, which harness the same infinity mirror technique used by Yayoi Kusama and Ivan Navarro. In place of their twinkling coloured lights, Justiniani’s work has a creepier doll’s (fun)house aesthetic, with plunging recessions of household objects—paper stacks, suspended apple cores, wine glasses and a modest meal on a banana leaf. For the full vertigo experience, take your shoes off, walk across the glass and do look down.

– excerpt taken from The Art Newspaper article on the Venice Biennale 2019

Read more here.

Mark Justiniani at the Venice Biennale 2019

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Mark Justiniani
Island Weather
Philippine Pavilion at the Venice Biennale
May 11–November 24, 2019

Curated by Tessa Maria Guazon

“The art project?Island Weather?is the official representation of the Philippines to the 58th Venice Biennale. A collaboration between curator Tessa Maria Guazon and artist Mark Justiniani, it comprises?Arkipelago?a site specific and immersive installation at the Artiglierie in Arsenale.?Island Weather?examines understandings of the world as interconnected and perceived as an island. We are buoyed by the seeming dissolution of borders, the unprecedented speed of time, and a mobility across places never before experienced. Yet we relentlessly face the threats of displacement, discrimination, and disasters. ”

-excerpt from e-flux

More information here.

More information on the Philippine Pavilion for the Venice Biennale 2019 here.

Alfredo and Isabel Aquilizan: the center will not hold at the Museum of Contemporary Art and Design Manila


Alfredo and Isabel Aquilizan at the Museum of Contemporary Art and Design Manila

the center will not hold

An exhibition featuring works by Alfredo and Isabel Aquilizan, Shilpa Gupta, Heecheon Kim, Manny Montelibano, and Tintin Wulia.

The show is presented in partnership with Galleria Continua and Mao Ji-Hong Arts Foundation.

Opening March 7 , 2019
Museum of Contemporary Art and Design
De La Salle – College of Saint Benilde
Manila, Philippines 1004


More information here.

More information on MCAD Manila here.

Kawayan de Guia at The 9th Asia Pacific Triennial Of Contemporary Art (APT9)


Kawayan de Guia at The 9th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT9)

“The hugely ambitious APT series returns to QAGOMA this summer, bringing significant art from across the Asia Pacific to Brisbane. Overflowing with colour and life, this free contemporary art exhibition presents a unique mix of creativity and cross-cultural insight.

Featuring more than 80 artists and groups from over 30 countries, APT9 challenges conventional definitions of contemporary art by asking?us to consider its relationship to shifting social structures across the region. Explore a number of never-before-seen installations, paintings, sculptures, photographs and video from emerging and senior artists, together with leading works from Indigenous communities and artists.”

24 NOV 2018 – 28 APR 2019
Stanley Place, South Brisbane
Queensland 4101, Australia

More information here.

More on Kawayan de Guia here.

Alfredo and Isabel Aquilizan at Cosmopolis #1.5: Enlarged Intelligence


The Drawing Room is pleased to announce the participation of artists?Alfredo Juan Aquilizan?and?Isabel Gaudinez-Aquilizan?in Cosmopolis #1.5: Enlarged Intelligence

“Cosmopolis #1.5: Enlarged Intelligence . .presents artworks and programs by almost 60 artists and groups, exploring ecology, technology and the commons, and envisioning how we today may draw on intelligent technologies, as well as on ecological intelligence, to advance social values—rather than leaving capital to?largely define the uses of these techniques and knowledge systems.

Cosmopolis #1.5 is curated by Kathryn Weir, with associate curator Ilaria Conti and curatorial advisor Zhang Hanlu.”

-excerpt from website announcement

Cosmopolis #1.5: Enlarged Intelligence
Mao Jihong Arts Foundation in collaboration with the Centre Pompidou
Chengdu, Sichuan Province – South West China
November 2, 2018–January 6, 2019

More information here.

Mark Justiniani at the Children’s Biennale – Dreams and Stories


“After its success at the National Gallery Singapore last year, with more than 200,000 enthusiastic visitors, the Children’s Biennale is now coming to Europe for the first time. At the Biennale in Dresden, members of the public are invited to enter an artistic terrain, to get in touch with their creative side and to leave behind the usually somewhat passive role of the museum visitor. This year’s topic, “Dreams &?Stories”, explores the wondrous and dreamlike side of art.”
-excerpt from website

Children’s Biennale – Dreams & Stories
In cooperation with the National Gallery Singapore
Japanese Palace, Dresden

More information here

And here.

Robert Gutierrez – Beneath, Between and Behind at Galerie Nathalie Obadia


Robert Gutierrez at?Galerie Nathalie Obadia

Beneath, Between and Behind
September 8 – October 27, 2018
Clo?tre St Merri II, Paris

“Galerie Nathalie Obadia is pleased to present Beneath, Between, Behind, Filipino artist Robert Gutierrez’s first solo exhibition in France. On this occasion, the artist invites us to discover his singular universe, situated between abstraction and figuration, mixed with Filipino cultural heritage and other artistic influences (High), and informed by elements of more popular contemporary culture (Low). ”

Duomo (diptych)
Gouache and pencils on clayboard panel
30 x 45 cm (11 13/16 x 17 23/32 in)

More information here.

Lilibeth Cuenca Rasmussen?at The National Gallery of Denmark: SMK


“ART 2030 is happy to announce that the performance ‘Tow with the Flow’ (2018) by Lilibeth Cuenca Rasmussen will show at SMK (The National Gallery) September 1st.

Taking the form of a sculptural performance, the work shines a critical light on the Western World’s over-consumption, with a particular focus on the UN Global Goals no. 4: Quality Education, and 12: Responsible Consumption and Production.

For ‘Tow with the Flow’ the artist and ART 2030 have partnered with the award-winning, Scandinavian design studio Sur le chemin to design 17 “all-in-one” costumes inspired by the Global Goals.

Working closely with High School students as co-creators, and musician Karolina Leedo, ‘Tow with the Flow’ brings attention to the textile industry, and the many layers of production that precedes our clothes. ”

Excerpt from Art 2030’s event page


More information here.

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