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

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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.

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.

Alfredo and Isabel Aquilizan at the Honolulu Biennial 2017


Middle of Now | Here

“The inaugural Honolulu Biennial 2017 (HB2017) showcases the diversity of ideas, art, and culture from the people who live today throughout the places connected by the Pacific Ocean. It will include contemporary art from Hawaiʻi, the Pacific Islands, Asia, North America, Australia, and New Zealand. By exhibiting the work of artists from all around this vast region, Honolulu Biennial 2017 shines a spotlight on the collective artistic vision from this important and dynamic Pacific neighborhood.”

Excerpt taken from the website, a statement by Fumio Nanjo, Curatorial Director and Ngahiraka Mason, Curator of Middle of Now | Here 

Image courtesy of Honolulu Biennial 2017

March 8 – May 8, 2017
Honolulu, Hawai’i


More information here.

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