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Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Zeitgeist: A Conversation between Isa Lorenzo and Irwin Cruz

Zeitgeist: A Conversation between Isa Lorenzo and Irwin Cruz
Wednesday, April 22, 6pm
Yuchengco Museum, Makati City

Join Isa Lorenzo and Irwin Cruz as they hold a conversation over Zeitgeist becomes form, an exhibition covering 50 years of German fashion photography. The conversation will be on the last day of the exhibition.

The two will discuss how homegrown art movements, technique and tradition have influenced the way the country’s photographers represent fashion. They will also situate select photographs and their creators within the context of postwar German history, and the design milieu in the country and further afield.

Isa Lorenzo is the Director of the Silverlens Gallery (Photography) in Manila, she graduated from the Parsons School of Design and worked at the International Center of Photography, both in New York City. She is also a working photographer. Irwin Cruz graduated from Merz Akademie in Stuttgart, Germany. He is a former associate editor at Colors Magazine and is a currently lecturer at Ateneo’s European Studies programme.

Zeitgeist Becomes Form: German Fashion Photography 1945-1995, an exhibit by the Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen (IfA), assembles 188 photographs from 39 important German fashion photographers, including works from Helmut Newton, Jürgen Teller and Wolfgang Tillmans (pictured). The exhibition, brought to the Philippines by the Goethe-Institut Manila in cooperation with Rogue Magazine and Yuchengco Museum, will run at the Yuchengco Museum until April 22, 2009.

The Yuchengco Museum is at RCBC Plaza, Ayala Cor Gil Puyat Avenues, Makati. Admission is free. Reservations required by April 15th. Please get in touch with Elma Abrina (889-1234;

Image: Wolfgang Tillmans
Susanne and Lutz for i.-D., 1992

Neal Oshima: Play

Neal Oshima: Play
April 15-May 16, 2009
Opening reception: April 15, Wednesday, 6pm

Silverlens Gallery is proud to present Play, a much awaited solo show by veteran photographer Neal Oshima. Opening on April 15, Wednesday at 6pm, Play will be composed of two sets of works: callotype still life prints, and large cyanotypes. The show will run until May 16, 2009.

Neal Oshima has shown in numerous galleries around the world, namely Sepia International in New York City, and most recently in the Museum of Contemporary Art and Design of the College of St. Benilde in Manila. His works have been published in books such as Dreamweavers, which captures the T’boli weavers of the Philippines, Memories of Philippines Kitchens and the award-winning The Philippine Forest: Our Living Heritage. Oshima grew up in New York City, and has an MFA in photography from University of California San Francisco. He is now based in Manila

Silverlens Gallery is at 2/F YMC Bldg. II, 2320 Pasong Tamo Ext., Makati, 816-0044, 0905-2650873, Gallery hours are Monday to Friday 10am–7pm and Saturdays 1–6pm.

Images: Neal Oshima
(from left) Lego 1 and Skateboarder, 2009

Sunday, March 22, 2009

NCCA Sining Ugnayan: NCR's Visual Artist Directory Project

Be Part of the NCCA Sining Ugnayan: NCR's Visual Artist Directory Project! This will be launch as a Social Network Site and become part of the NCCA's official listing of visual artists in the Philippines.

Qualifications (any of the following):
1.Professional Visual Artists' who are Metro Manila Residents
2.Practicing Visual Artists' in Metro Manila
3. Art Groups/ Organizations established in Metro Manila

Visual Arts/ Painting (Traditional Media/ Mixed-Media)/ Illustration/ Graphic /Digital Design/ Sculpture/ Terra Cotta/ Installation Art/ Film/ Photography/ Animation/ Fashion Design/ Performing Arts/ Printmaking/ Art Educators/ Art Groups/ Organizations (and other related visual arts field)

SINING UGNAYAN: Creating the National Capital Region Visual Artists’ Directory


“Sining Ugnayan”: The Philippine Visual Artists Directory is a committee initiated project of the National Committee on Visual Arts for the year 2009-2010 to put forth and come up with visual artists and artists groups’ directory. The project eventually aims to conceive a comprehensive visual artist’s directory consolidated from similar research in Luzon, the Visayas, and Mindanao. But it will be enhanced by a social network site. As a final output this research in a directory form will become part of the NCCA’s official listing of visual artists in the Philippines.


“Sining Ugnayan: Creating the NCR Visual Artist’s Directory” is a project that will identify, locate, and record in writing and document in photographs the existing visual artists and artists’ groups all over the Metro Manila. There are 14 cities and 3 municipalities that make up the geographical basis for the project’s methodology. The project’s gathering of data will first be administered in the cities and municipalities with direct coordination with the Mayor’s Registry Offices. In each cities and municipalities are schools, organizations, museums, art studios, galleries wherein our team aims to visit and purposely get the necessary data and eventually invite them to join the social network site. The social network site is an enhance feature of this project which will become network accessible, database ready and an artists’ catalogue for future events.

The project will gather the artist‘s profile/resume, document the artist’s photo and samples of their most recent and/or important works. It will specifically classify practicing individual painters, sculptors, mixed-media/installation practitioners, and performance artists or art groups that have had ample exposure and artistic contribution in their respective communities or abroad.

Artists and artist’s groups will also be made aware of the NCCA’s programs and activities through an NCCA team (if possible) that can distribute NCCA reading materials and proposal forms as kits during the city visits of this project’s Research Team. The NCCA materials can also be distributed (in the absence of an NCCA staff) by the Proponent and the City Coordinators of this project who comprises of diverse artists in different fields namely social media and techniques, art educator, visual artists, and mass communication educator.

The project will be lead by this proponent as the lead researcher and will be aided by an assistant researcher, three city coordinators, and a photo documenter. Unlike the regional thorough finding of artists will be done by mostly an island or town visit majority through air, water and land transportation. For Metro Manila accessibility in transportation by land would be manageable, therefore, we find it logical to create the directory and start it now which has not been done since it was proposed in the category for visual arts .


The proposed research project is meant to contribute to the body of knowledge of local and national art by providing hard copy information on this vital data of artists and artists groups that have contributed to the eventual growth of visual art in the NCR region. The continuing absence of a comprehensive and readily available art directory has hampered the growth of the visual arts in Metro Manila. In addition, because of disorganization of artists here in Metro Manila, there is lacking in communication and cooperation to support the goal of NCCA for the promotions of arts and culture which the NCCA office initiated it here in Metro Manila and done all over the Philippines. Institutions and agencies that need to identify visual artists for artistic/ educational activities and developmental programs in specific NCR regions will find the directory especially useful.

The data gathered will also be useful for the proponent’s next stage of this project’s research and development. A full-color biographical book of NCR artists and their selected sample works will also be proposed as a follow-up proposal to this undertaking. Overall, the data gathered will contribute in recognizing the Filipino artists in relation to nation-building in a country where art is not a priority.

Sign-up here.

Please sign-up before May 2009

For more information please contact the following:

Mary Ann Mendoza-Uy
Head/ Lead Researcher
Email: mrynn_y@yahoo. com

Joel Yuvienco
Assistant Researcher
Email: joel.yuvienco@

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

SineSiyasat Forum Series 1: Art and Regulation

19 March 2009
UPFI Ishmael Bernal Gallery

When we talk about ‘control’ in the practices and production of art, do we put emphasis on form or content? When do we draw the line between regulation for the purposes of direction/development and repressive/oppressive intervention? As art functions in service to the society, how can/should the agents of the society be of service to art? Up to what borders shall art be regulated? Moreso, do we need regulations? What is it for? At present, does it serve its purpose?

This forum queries on several issues on art – freedom of expression, censorship, institutional assistance, and the dynamics of exhibition, among others. Art and Regulations will be held on March 19, 2009, at 6pm, at the Ishmael Bernal Gallery as the first of a series of forums/symposia/ seminars under the SineSiyasat Project of UPFI.

SineSiyasat aims to provide a venue for discussions and educational dialogue between scholars, practitioners and students of film and the other arts. It wishes to interrogate, dissect and address important issues concerning filmmakers, artists, academicians and students.

SineSiyasat is an extension project of the UP Film Institute. For confirmation of attendance and other inquiries, contact Bang Dizon at 920-6863 or Avie Felix at 926-2722, or email upfi.adarna@

Monday, March 16, 2009

Ani ng Sining Art Exhibit Opens at One Workshop Gallery

Ani ng Sining Art Exhibit Opens at One Workshop Gallery

Following its hugely successful run at the 2009 Philippine International Visual Arts Festival (PIVAF`09) in February, the PIVAF `09 art exhibition is moving from Robinson's Midtown and Forum to the One Workshop Gallery in Pasong Tamo, Makati. Carrying the National Arts Month theme of Ani ng Sining as celebrated by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), the exhibit showcases masterworks by the cream of the national art scene. Painting, photography, sculpture, drawing, digital art and other visual arts disciplines are represented at the exhibit, which opens on Monday, March 30, 2009.

The exhibiting artists are A.C. Torralba, "Bada", Aaron Bautista, Adeste Deguilmo, Al-Nezzaar Ali, Ambhet Lugtu, Ambie Abano, Amiel Lapuebla, Antonio Gabriel Isip, Arnel Borja, Beth Parrocha –Doctolero, Charlie Co, Danilo Celum, Danny PanganNemiranda, Dennis Montera, Don Gurrea, Dopy Doplon, Dulz Cuna (Dulce Anacion), Edillardo Paras, Edwin Jumalon, Egai Talusan Fernandez, Errol Balcos, George Tapan, Henry Bateman, Jay Alonzo, Jesus Genotiva, Joe Datuin, JP Sarmenta, Jun Porlares, Kelly Ramos-Palaganas, Kitty Taniguchi, Lilen Uy, Luis Martin Harder, Manny Montelibano, Miguel Nacianceno, Nap Jamir II, Norman Falcasantos Narciso, Nunelucio Alvarado, Palmy Pe-Tudtud, Pandy Aviado, Patrick Ka Hiang Chong, Ramon Orlina, Raul Isidro, Rick Hernandez, Rogelito Cayas, Jr., Romy Vitug, Ross Capili, Salvador Ching, Salvador Convocar, Tommy Hafalla, Val Villanueva, Wenceslao Cuevas, Jr., and Yuan Mor'O Ocampo
PIVAF `09 is the flagship project of the NCCA's National Committee for Visual Arts (NCVA), and was one of the highlights of this year’s Philippine International Arts Festival (PIAF). The NCCA has held the PIAF since the inception of the National Arts Month in 1991. The NCCA provides funding and support for Filipino artist groups and organizations taking part in the PIAF which is held in various locations nationwide.

The PIVAF `09 exhibit at the One Workshop Gallery runs until April 13, 2009.

Flow 03

Silverlens Gallery presents a special exhibition of works by the contributors and featured artists of FLOW 03, namely Allan Balisi, Bruihn, Juan Caguicla, Lino Dalay, Patricia Eustaquio, George Sy Gobio, Troy Ignacio, Emi Jorge, Robert Langenegger, Nikki Luna, Wynn Wynn Ong, Emmanuel Santos, Randy Solon, Alex Tee, Kadin Tiu, Tatong Racheta Torres, Bea Valdes and Ronald Ventura. The exhibit opening and magazine launch will be held on March 17, Tuesday, 6pm at Silverlens and the exhibit will run until March 28, 2009. FLOW is a creative magazine published quarterly that features works of contemporary artists and designers. The magazine showcases spellbinding photographs, elaborate layouts, and insightful articles. Each issue of the magazine is guest curated by different personalities known in their respective fields. Design consultant and editor in chief Miguel Rosales and furniture design leader Kenneth Cobonpue curated FLOW's first and second issues, respectively. Top lifestyle and design gurus Ricky Toledo and Chito Vijandre, the proprietors behind the home and design concept stores Firma, Felicity, and AC+632 hold the reigns for FLOW 03.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Filipino photographer made it to the finals of Vewd Student Documentary Photography Contest 09

Estan Cabigas' entry 'Coping with a Desaparecido' to Vewd Student Documentary Photography Contest made it to the final selections. Vewd editors have narrowed it down to 16 submissions and Estan is in that selection of 16! Included among the jury are: Matt Eich, Jamie Rose, Gerik Parmele, Panos Skoulidas, Andy Williams.

Vote for his entry here.

Art in the Park/ Art After Dark

Art in the Park/ Art After Dark
14 March 2009 (Saturday), 8AM-10PM
Velasquez Park, Valero St.,
Salcedo Village, Makati City

Art in the Park, the event eagerly anticipated by art lovers, enthusiasts and collectors is back. On March 14, Saturday, galleries, independent art spaces, and art groups from all over Metro Manila will come together allowing market goers and art aficionados to take a peek into what is happening in Manila's very active art scene. With prices of paintings, photographs, sculpture and fine art prints pegged at a maximum of P20,000, Art in the Park is a treat for both experienced collectors and first time art buyers.

The art experience continues into the evening with Art After Dark. Seven curated art spaces will rise up where the gallery booths were in the day. Avellana Art Gallery, Tutok, Putik, Silverlens Gallery, Art Cabinet Philippines, Bea Camacho and Joel Alonday each creating site specific displays and installations that visitors can walk in to, interact with, and enjoy. Children's book illustrators, Ang Illustrador ng Kabataan and Sheer Joy team up to create a space specially for our young guests. Although there will be no price restrictions, the pieces on sale, like those in Art in the Park are guaranteed to be beautifully provocative, one-of-a-kind, and well worth the investment.

Proceeds will go towards supporting the projects of the Museum Foundation of the Philippines and the National Museum. For more information, e-mail info@museumfoundati

Veejay Villafranca on Verve Photo

Veejay Villafranca was amongst seven Filipinos to be accepted in the first Asian documentary workshop of the Angkor photography festival in Siem Reap, Cambodia. After freelancing in 2006, he worked with Agence France Presse, Reuters, World Picture Network and the United Nations. His long-term project about the life of former gang members in one of Manila’s dangerous slums, BASECO compound garnered the 2008 Ian Parry Scholarship grant in London.

Read more here.

Photographer and photo editor Geoffrey Hiller has created Verve to feature photos and interviews by the finest young image makers today. Verve is a reminder of the power of the still image. Verve will also point you to new photo agencies, publications and inspiring multimedia projects.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

The WPPP Photo Congress 2009

The WPPP Photo Congress 2009
May 4-6 & 7, 2009 (Master Class)
SM Megatrade Hall 2

See event details here.


ArtHK HongKong International Art Fair
14-17 May 2009

ART HK 09 will once again bring together over 110 of the world's most celebrated international galleries from 24 countries, building on Hong Kong's long established reputation as the gateway between East and West. This year ART FUTURES will be a new section dedicated to solo and two-artist presentations from young galleries focusing on emerging artists.

See list of Participating Art Galleries.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Net 25 Earth & Art Exhibit

NET 25 through its premier infotainment program TRIBE presents Earth and Art Exhibit at the SM North EDSA Activity Center (Food Court) on Tuesday, March 10, 2009 from 10 am to 9 pm.

TRIBE which features Pinoy life, culture and lifestyle, will merge with some of the country's talented artists, photographers and environment advocates for an exhibition that carries NET 25‘s theme of “Earth and Art”. It tackles creativity through earth-friendly living. Short shows on Tribe featured information on how to live in an eco-friendly world while enjoying the beauty of art.

Participating artists:
RSVP via Facebook.

For more details about the exhibit, contact TRIBE Producer Feamor Tiosen at 995.13.25 loc 4482. Catch TRIBE daily at NET 25 from 7:30 pm to 8pm.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

SPPP Mentor Series VIII

Society of Portrait Photographer of the Philippines Mentor Series VIII
"Baluarte Ti Vigan"
Vigan, Ilocos Sur
April 3-6, 2009

Experience the land and its scenic wonders array from historical Spanish churches and old towns, countryside attractions like fine sand beaches, waterfalls, watchtowers, museums down to the traditional Ilocano wares and edibles.

Come and play with the animals! Be one of them roaring and whistling, indulging in the joys of the moment, you are in Baluarte, the only one of its kind in the country. Not just a zoo, Baluarte is an interactive wildlife sanctuary and facility with the breathtaking view of its dominating scenic boulders amidst trees and greens.

Photo workshop topics include

• Wedding Photography
• Child Photography
• Avant Garde
• Outdoor Portrait
• Photoshop for Photographers
• Studio Portrait

For inquiries, please contact: Gari Lim 0922 8439190 or Leah Taas 0917 8303084

For more info, click here.

Monday, March 2, 2009

BLOOM Exhibit - Works by Women - Mar 3, 6pm

BLOOM Exhibit - Works by Women
Conspiracy Garden Cafe
Opening: March 3, 2009 at 6:00pm
#59 Visayas Ave. Quezon City, Philippines

Paintings. Photographs. Sculptures.

In celebration of Women's Month.

Participating Artists:
  • Daphne Aguilar
  • Scarlet Aguilar
  • Cynthia Alexander
  • Mency Atienza
  • Tina Basco
  • Carol Bello
  • Nana Buxani
  • Susan Corpuz
  • Ina Avellana-Cosio
  • Aba Lluch Dalena
  • Lai del Rosario
  • Rufina Fajardo
  • Nerisa del Carmen Guevara
  • Tala Hagart-Alexander
  • Jemina
  • Emmanwelga Lacaba
  • Mithi Lacaba
  • Tita Lacambra-Ayala
  • Julie Lluch
  • Vivian Limpin
  • Alma Quinto
  • Macrina Vicente
*Partial proceeds go to Project Brave Kids

Exhibit runs until March 28, 2009.
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