March 14, 2017 6:08 am
The Philippines has successfully completed a back-to- back participation in the Venice Biennale as it concludes its inaugural pavilion, Muhon: Traces of an Adolescent City, in the Architecture Biennale on 27 November 2016.
March 7, 2017 7:39 am
The Filipino word muhon, derived from the Spanish mojón and translated roughly as “monument” or “place-marker,” evokes contemplation through the primal act of marking a fixed point in both space and time. Symbolically, the construction of a muhon can be considered an act of affirming one’s existence: it conveys the idea of staking a claim in the universe. The exhibition is anchored on the notion that the interpretation of the built environment is a critical method of understanding one’s sense of and belonging to a place. It is a way of tracing a presence, standing one’s ground, defining a position. In tracing each muhon through its history, modernity, and conjecture, the Pavilion is an attempt to cast the character of a city’s identifying markers – to interpret their meaning, and to discern their value. It aspires to be a platform for a collaborative and collective act of reflection on a built environment perceived to be either on the brink of vital renewal or irreversible decay.