Art Fair Philippines 2018
Set in an alternative urban venue, the six floors of a carpark building in Makati will be converted into a pop-up art space for the sixth edition of Art Fair Philippines (1-4 Mar). The premier platform for one of Southeast Asia’s most exciting art landscapes, the annual event makes art accessible to enthusiasts and to those who want to explore Philippine and international contemporary art. This year’s lineup includes art heavyweights in various fields including film and installation art. Guests can also expect a brand-new section dedicated to the works of Filipino photographers.
Participating gallery 1335 Mabini of Manila will showcase the work of late Filipino-Catalan artist, Eduardo Masferré. He is considered to be the father of Philippine photography. Pictures made by Eduardo documents the lives and culture of the Igorot (mountain) people, mainly Bontok and Kalinga in the Luzon Cordillera. His works are part of the permanent collection of the Smithsonian Institution.
A special section on documentary photography, curated by respected lensmen Neal Oshima and Angel Velasco Shaw, intends to spotlight the stirring works of more than 10 Filipino photographers who are not affiliated with galleries. For example, Geloy Concepcion created a series of images on homeless transvestites in Pasay City. Through his work, Geloy is also raising funds for the ageing community for support.
The organizers are also collaborating with Ateneo Art Gallery and the Museum Foundation of the Philippines for this year’s educational component. The programme will feature talks from respected artists and tours in various museums around Manila.
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