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Suspense, surprise: Andy Locsin’s layout of this year’s Art Fair

From major art here and abroad, digital art to films, workshops, it is back at The Link

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Art Fair Philippines returns to The Link, after the pandemic, in time for the celebration of its 10th year. (Photo by Jojo Gloria)
Art Fair Philippines

Rosario Bitanga will exhibit old and new works in a show ‘Rosario Bitanga- Past, Present, Participant’ curated by architect and art consultant Miguel Rosales.

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Art Fair Philippines’ founders, from left, Dindin Araneta, Lisa Periquet, Trickie Lopa

Like how nature forms with seemingly random yet somehow well-ordered occurrences, this year’s Art Fair Philippines plans to give fairgoers a journey of discovery and a new spatial experience. “We want fairgoers to experience the fair the way one sees and deals with something new,” leading architect Andy Locsin explains to TheDiarist.ph the layout of this year’s Art Fair and what it lends to the 63 galleries and artists, foreign and local, participating this year.

He and the organizers of Art Fair Philippines decided not to give a sneak peek of the layout so that attendees can experience truly the fair the way it was intended—with a heightened sense of discovery and surprise.

“Art Fair Philippines is celebrating 10 years of expanding the Philippine audience for contemporary art,” says organizer Trickie Lopa, who with Lisa Ongpin-Periquet and Dindin Araneta have been organizing the annual Art Fair Philippines. In a press conference the organizers  announced the return of the fair to The Link carpark at Ayala Center in Makati. After three years of online exhibition during the pandemic, Art Fair Philippines will transform The Link to a multi-level art exhibition venue from February 17 to 19.

What is notable is that the fair will feature regional artists from all over the Philippines.

The list of exhibitors:

Filipino exhibitors:

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Veronica Lazo (Image from MONO8)

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Going Inside 3 by Bea Aben (Image from Super Duper Gallery)

She Who is Born Amidst the Froth by Ariana Bongato, oil and acrylic on framed canvas (Image from White Walls Gallery)

1335/Mabini, Anakbanwa Creative Residency Project, Art Cube, Art Elaan, Art for Space, Art Lounge Manila, Art Underground, Art Verité, Artery Art Space,  Boston Art Gallery, CANVAS, Early Light, FIFTH WALL FEST, FotomotoPH, GALERIA PALOMA, Galerie Stephanie, Gravity Art Space, isTorya Studios,  J Studio, Jes Aznar, Kaida Contemporary, KalawakanSpacetime, KANTINA, Kapitan Kulam, León Gallery, Lunang Mentoring Program, Mark Lewis Higgins, METRO Gallery, MONO8,  Mugna Gallery + Foundation University DAFA, no space, Orange Project, Paint Bukog, Paseo Art Gallery, Pintô Art Museum, Qube Gallery, Secret Fresh Gallery, SILVERLENS, Sitting Room Studios, Sulyap Gallery by Tahanan Pottery, Super Duper Gallery, TARZEER PICTURES, The Crucible, Tom Epperson, TRIANGULUM, Tin-aw Art Projects, Village Art Gallery, White Walls Gallery, and Ysobel Art Gallery.

Foreign exhibitors:

Estudio sobre Baschenis by Fernando Zóbel, oil on canvas (Image from Cayón)

Waterfall by Peter Zimmerman, oil on canvas (Image from Nunu Fine Art)

Art Agenda (Singapore and Jakarta), Artemis Art (Malaysia),  Gallery Kogure (Japan), Kobayashi Gallery (Japan), Cayón (Spain), GALLERY SCENA (Japan), La Lanta Fine Art (Thailand), Nunu Fine Art (Taiwan), Gajah Gallery (Singapore), Vin Gallery (Vietnam), Yavuz Gallery (Singapore and Australia), and YOD Gallery (Japan).

ArtFairPh digital artist Mark Constantine Inducil

Art FairPH/Digital

A new section the Art Fair ‘23 is debuting is the digital section to showcase digital media, work that incorporates and engages with computer technology, animation, virtual or augmented reality, the metaverse, and Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs). The exhibits are curated by CrytpoArtPH artists Bjorn Calleja and Jopet Arias. The section will feature two exhibits featuring Filipino digital artists Skye Nicolas and Mark Inducil. New York-based artist Skye Nicolas will show Frequencies of Nostalgia, while Mark Inducil, who lives and works in Melbourne, will present Homecoming. ArtFairPH/Digital is presented with Globe Platinum.

Another highlight will be the special exhibition ArtFairPH/PROJECTS featuring specially commissioned works of artists who have made an impact both critically and commercially. This year, Art Fair Philippines works with art consultant Norman Crisologo again. BPI is co-presenting this special exhibit on The Link’s Roof Deck—

Faye Abantao for ArtFairPH Projects

Kiko Escora (Photo by Jojo Gloria)

Mark Andy Garcia (Photo by Jojo Gloria)

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Raymond Guevara (Photo by Jojo Gloria)

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Pow Martinez (Photo by Jojo Gloria)

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Yeo Kaa (Photo by Jojo Gloria)

The artists mounting special exhibits include Faye Abantao, Kiko Escora, Mark Andy Garcia, Raymond Guevarra, Pow Martinez, Yeo Kaa, and Peter Zimmerman.

“BPI sees the works of these talented artists not only as cultural expressions but also as art forms for investing in the future. Art is also a means to immortalize an idea that defines a generation. It is history in the making,” said Jenny Lacerna, BPI Product & Sales head of Unsecured Lending and Cards.

Wawi Navarroza 

The Photo section will feature the series of self-portraits by photographer Wawi Navarroza. As Wild As We Come  is featured in a survey of Southeast Asian photography at the National Gallery of Singapore.

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Art Fair Philippines 2023 will feature a special exhibition by Indonesian artist Yunizar.

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Art Fair Philippines 2023 will also feature works by German painter, sculptor and object artist Peter Zimmerman.

Other special projects for the fair are a special exhibition by Indonesian artist Yunizar, in  YUNIZAR: New Perspectives, and works by German painter, sculptor and object artist Peter Zimmerman.

Pioneering female abstractionist, Rosario Bitanga, will exhibit old and new works in a show Rosario Bitanga: Past, Present, Participant curated by art consultant Miguel Rosales.

In honor of artists that the art world has lost, Art Fair pays tribute to Norma Liongoren of Liongoren Gallery and Albert Avellana of Avellana ArtGallery. The Art Fair will feature a number of their works.

2023 will mount works by artists who have completed their residencies across the country—IC Jaucian for Manila Observatory, Nicolei Gupit for Linangan Art Residency, Aaron Kaiser Garcia for Emerging Islands, ESL Chen and Jonathan Baldonado for Orange Project, and James Clar for Butanding Barrio. Launched in 2021 in partnership with Bleeding Heart Rum Corporation, makers of Don Papa Rum, ArtFairPH/Residencies is open to all Filipino artists across all disciplines.

Learning at #ArtFairPH

Something that Art Fair Philippines strives to do beyond exhibiting contemporary art to the public is to also give its fairgoers a chance to learn. This year, Art Fair organizes ArtFairPH/Workshops with their educational partner Tezos and its Asian arm, TZPAC. The workshop will feature ways to break into the digital art scene and more about the local crypto art scene.

ArtFairPH/Talks gives visitors a space to deepen their appreciation and exposure to art. In partnership with the Ateneo Art Gallery and Museum Foundation of the Philippines, Art Fair host lectures, panel discussions, and artist talks from February 17-19.

Two evenings will be devoted to film screenings: Alternative Cinema: History, Theory and Practice— this first night will feature renowned filmmaker and film historian Nick Deocampo who will present how alternative cinema in the Philippines has developed through the years. The next night, the films to be screened are those that have been featured in DOCUMENTA 15 in Kassel, Germany, co-organized with Resbak and Lost Frames.

“People can start with going around the city and then end their 10 days of art in The Link.” Lisa Periquet explains this year’s initiative of 10 Days of Art.

For the first time after the lockdowns, fairgoers and art lovers can make the rounds of the city’s art destinations and wind up the day at The Link. The initiative will run from February 10 to 19, done with galleries, museums, bars, restaurants and retail establishments in the Makati Business District to celebrate art.

For schedule and updates, visit www.10daysofart.com.

Fair tickets can be purchased in advance at www.artfairphilippines.com. Tickets will also be available at the reception area of Art Fair Philippines from February 17 to 19.

For more information, please visit the Art Fair Philippines website and follow Art Fair Philippines on Instagram (@artfairph) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/artfairph).

Art Fair Philippines 2023 is co-presented by AyalaLand, Bank of the Philippine Islands, and Globe Platinum, with a special project partner Don Papa Rum. The fair is also sponsored by Rizome. Its official hotel partners are Fairmont and Raffles Makati, and Holiday Inn and Suites.


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