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Mark Justiniani tackles the theme ‘Island Weather’ for PHL’s pavilion at the 2019 Venice Art Biennale

November 20, 2018 6:12 am Published by Leave your thoughts

IT WILL be interesting to see what artist Mark Justiniani will pull out of his sleeve for the Philippines’ participation at the 58th Venice Art Biennale in Italy next year. Mr. Justiniani is like a magician — he plays with mirrors for his art and is known for large-scale installations and site-specific works. Last year, he did The Settlement, an installation which employed mirrors as a commentary on history and politics as illusions: not everything you see is real.


November 20, 2018 6:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

On July 26, the Philippine National Commission for Culture and the Arts, Department of Foreign Affairs, and office of senator Loren Legarda announced in a press release that the country’s pavilion at the 2019 Venice Biennale will be titled “Island Weather.” Curated by Tessa Maria Guazon, a researcher, curator and assistant professor at the Department of Art Studies, University of Philippines Diliman, the pavilion will showcase works by Bacolod-born installation artist Mark Justiniani.

Colonialism and Neoliberalism: A Closer Look At The Philippine Pavilion In The 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale

September 10, 2018 10:38 am Published by Leave your thoughts

During the pre-natal development stage, an infant is completely reliant on the umbilical cord, which provides support by supplying it with nutrients from the placenta. Once the cord is severed, what remains is the navel, a depression in the abdomen that marks where it was once attached to the newborn’s body. In Philippine National Artist for Literature Nick Joaquin’s novel, The Woman Who Had Two Navels, the character Connie Escobar flies to Hong Kong to undergo surgery to remove her supposed second navel, an imagined condition that may have been brought upon by anxieties from her past. It is this inquiry into national identity that inspired “The City Who Had Two Navels,” the Philippine Pavilion’s curatorial concept for the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale. The exhibition examines, probes, and even confronts how the built environment contributes to the development of our national identity, highlighting two “navels”—colonialism and neoliberalism—which, according to curator Edson Cabalfin, are forces that affect not only the Philippines, but the world at large as well.

Surviving colonialism and neoliberalism in the Philippines

September 10, 2018 10:29 am Published by Leave your thoughts

“I’m arguing how, not only the Philippines, but also other countries in the world, are affected by these forces,” curator Edson Cabalfin explains. “I ask whether are there possibilities for us to be able to resist, or embrace them. We assembled a think tank consortium composed of four architecture schools based in Manila, Cebu and Dabau, and I challenged the students to come up with responses and future speculations for these cities. We also invited a women-led non-governmental organization made up of architects and planners (Tao-Pilipinas), who facilitate participatory design processes with informal settlers or victims of natural disasters. This organization maybe is the antithesis of neoliberalism because it’s about facilitating the architecture through the community.”

Between the devil and the deep blue sea

September 10, 2018 10:25 am Published by Leave your thoughts

I’ve always thought of architecture as a very technical field or at least too technical for me. Although it is among the seven fields of arts, I regard it as very scientific, drawn from a very particular set of skills that have more to do with applied and industrial sciences than with art.

Fulbright Philippines Scholars Showcased Their Talent At The Venice Architecture Biennale 2018

September 10, 2018 10:23 am Published by Leave your thoughts

On the morning of May 31st (Venice time), the Philippines unveiled ‘The City Who Had Two Navels’ – our entry to the Venice Architecture Biennale 2018 held at the Arsenale. It comprised of a huge multi-channel digital installation and exhibits showing vignettes of the country’s colonial past and neoliberal present urban landscape.

The bahay kubo, kariton, and condos: A discussion on Filipino Architecture

September 10, 2018 10:16 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Venice, Italy (CNN Philippines Life) — Artist Yason Banal admits he questions the idea of “Freespace” — the theme of this year’s Venice Architecture Biennale — itself. Banal, whose work is at the center of the Philippine Pavilion’s “The City Who Had Two Navels,” doesn’t hesitate to question the institution that has given him a chance to showcase his work here; for him, it is a criticality needed when working within a venue as large as the biennale.