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Gerardo Tan at the 59th Biennale Arte

Andi taku e sana, Amung taku di sana / All of us present, This is our gathering

Philippine Pavilion, 59th Venice Arts Biennale

23 April – 23 November, 2022



Yael Buencamino Borromeo

Arvin Flores


Participating Artists

Sammy N. Buhle

Felicidad A. Prudente

Gerardo Tan


“Andi taku e sana, Amung taku di sana / All of us present, This is our gathering”is a multimedia collaboration that explores the translation and transmission of culture through different material. The exhibition involves an interdisciplinary process of sound material and field recordings, textile and indigenous weaving practices, and performative notation through video.


Gerardo Tan

Participating Artist

Gerardo Tan’s artistic process dwells on the ideas of his works as decoys or sites for new meanings and creative possibilities. The artist obtained his BFA and MFA degrees in Painting at the University of the Philippines and the University of New York at Buffalo, respectively. His work has been exhibited locally and abroad in Berlin, Fukuoka, Gwangju, Melbourne, New York, Singapore and Schenzen. His latest exhibit was at The Drawing Room earlier this year.

Gerardo Tan was conferred the 13 Artists Award by the Cultural Center of the Philippines in 1988. His other distinctions include the Fulbright-Hays Grant to undertake his Masters in Fine Arts at SUNY Buffalo (1990-92) and the Barbara Schuller’s Art Associates Award in Buffalo, NY (1992).


More information here

Manuel Ocampo at the Biennale of Sydney


“NIRIN” 22nd Biennale of Sydney
March 14 – June 8, 2020

“Under the artistic direction of Brook Andrew, the exhibition will include artworks across six sites: Art Gallery of NSW, Artspace, Campbelltown Arts Centre, Cockatoo Island, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia and the National Art School.

The 22nd Biennale of Sydney is artist- and First Nations-led, presenting an expansive exhibition of contemporary art that connects local communities and global networks.

‘The urgent states of our contemporary lives are laden with unresolved past anxieties and hidden layers of the supernatural,’ said Brook Andrew. ‘NIRIN is about to expose this, demonstrating that artists and creatives have the power to resolve, heal, dismember and imagine futures of transformation for re-setting the world. Sovereignty is at the centre of these actions. I hope that NIRIN (edge) gathers life forces of integrity to push through often impenetrable noise.’ ” – excerpt from official website

Manuel Ocampo’s work will be located in Cockatoo Island

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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

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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

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