Philippine Pavilion in Arsenale Opens to the Public

June 20, 2017 6:25 am Published by Leave your thoughts

MANILA, May 15, 2017 -- The Philippines triumphantly returned for a second consecutive participation in the Venice Art Biennale with a stronger showing as it presented a national pavilion curated by Joselina Cruz featuring two important Filipino artists—Lani Maestro and Manuel Ocampo—in a prime space at the Arsenale in Venice, Italy.

PHL Pavilion at Venice Biennale opens

June 20, 2017 6:23 am Published by Leave your thoughts

In 2015, the Philippines returned to the Venice Biennale—one of the world's premier art exhibitions—after a 51-year absence. The country's pavilion at the Biennale that year, "Tie A String Around The World," focused on culture and geography, particularly on the West Philippine Sea.

Specters of comparison, ghosts of disunited colors

June 20, 2017 6:20 am Published by Leave your thoughts

You could swear you have recruited yourself in a Gabriel Garcia-Marquez novella: inside the house it is raining, while outside remains bone-dry. But this is not a magic-realist, Latin American literary incantation. The installation is by Vajiko Chachkhiani, and centers on a house from a Georgian countryside titled “Living Dog Among Dead Lions.”

Philippine Pavilion at the Venice Biennale

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The title of this exhibition The Spectre of Comparison is drawn from the novel Noli Me Tángere by the Filipino National Hero Jose Rizal. Originally written in Spanish as "el demonio de las comparaciones," this enigmatic phrase is a framework for the practices of Lani Maestro and Manuel Ocampo, artists representing the Philippine Pavilion.