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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Km0 (Kilometer Zero) Side by Side: Photo and video projects in public spaces

May 4 to June 4, 2011
Quezon Memorial Circle

The French Embassy in the Philippines and the Quezon City Government, together with the Alliance française de Manille and the Niepce Museum in France, are organizing a photography and video exhibit to be held at the Quezon Memorial Circle. The exhibit is part of FrancoPhil, the 2011 French cultural season in the Philippines.

Giant photo installations featuring the work of Filipino photographer Jake Versoza and French photographer Charles Freger will be placed throughout the park for an entire month, from May 4 until June 4, 2011. Versoza will exhibit black and white portraits of the women of the Kalinga tribe dressed in their traditional costumes and displaying the extensive traditional tattoos of their tribe. Freger, on the other hand, will showcase the bright colors and energetic dances of the Filipino performers at this year’s recently concluded Sinulog festival. Filipino director Raya Martin is also slated to show a short silent film revolving around the fitness theme.

Mayor Bautista sees the project as a great opportunity to showcase the attractiveness of the Quezon Memorial Circle as a unique venue for public events. “The QMC has undergone several transformations in recent years. We want people to see it as more than just an ordinary park but as a venue where people can engage in all sorts of activities like concerts, film showing, poetry reading, conferences while enjoying the natural amenities of the park,” he said.

As a public park that attracts around 10,000 visitors on weekdays and 20,000 on weekends, the Quezon Memorial Circle is the perfect venue for bringing artistic photography to the general Filipino public, and to raise awareness of the richness and variety of local cultures. Different echos of the project will take place all around the City.

Quezon Memorial Circle is the heart of the park system of Quezon City, as envisioned by the City’s planners. It is a 25.37 hectare national park first reserved as the central park by a proclamation of President Elpidio Quirino in 1949, at the time when the plan was to make Quezon City the capital of the Philippines. Now, QMC is best known as home to the shrine, museum and remains of the first President of the Philippine Commonwealth and founder of Quezon City, Manuel Luis Quezon, and his wife, Aurora Aragon.

Aside from the Quezon City Government, other sponsors of the FrancoPhil cultural program include Total, Air France KLM, Daniel Hechter, L’Oréal Philippines, VEOLIA Water, Shangri-La Plaza Mall, Supply Oilfield Services, Marithé François Girbaud, Sofitel Philippine Plaza, Philam Life, ROS Music Center, Makati Shangri-La Hotel, Chameleon Association, Rustan’s, Sinulog Foundation, Waterfront Cebu Hotel and Casino, Fashion Watch and Jewelmer, as well as official media partners Manila Bulletin, Sense & Style, Net 25 and DZRJ.

Exhibition Schedule
Main Exhibit: Quezon Memorial Circle: May 4 to June 4, 2011

Micro Events:
Ayala Museum: May 5 to 12, 2011
6:00 p.m., 7:00 p.m., 8:00 p.m. (May 5) and 9:00 p.m. (May 12)

Silverlens Gallery: May 4 to June 4, 2011
2320 Pasong Tamo Extension, Makati City

Manila Collective: May 4 to June 4, 2011
Shop 6, Cubao X (formerly Marikina Shoe Expo), General Romulo Avenue, Cubao, Quezon City

Alliance Française de Manille: May 4 to June 4, 2011
209 Nicanor Garcia Street, Bel Air II, Makati City

with Francois Cheval of The Niepce Museum
5 May 2011, 5pm
Ayala Museum Lobby

In his lecture, Cheval will address the way western photographers paid attention to faces and bodies in 19th century photography. Pictures from the Niepce Museum collection will illustrate the  lecture

For inquiries, please call 757-7117 to 21 loc. 33 or email

Images: (left) Jake Versoza, (right) Charles Fréger

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Wednesday, April 6, 2011

EcoLOGIC: Nature Being Art

The common denominator between the artists involved in this group exhibition at the Baguio Museum is that everyone is an advocate (but not limited to) promoting ecological/environmental issues by way of the arts. Lamentable as it is as the Philippine Art Scene continues to witness the disillusion or suspicion on the “phasic” nature of the local arts by the alleged dominance of a particular style or genre of art making; that the term ecological/environmental art (no matter how contemporary the ecological/environmental issue is) has continued to be relegated to the impression of the flora, the fauna and the landscape. It has continued to remain the nativist strain of Filipino aesthetics; marginalized from the perspective of “indigenous art” or the art done in the regions and provinces; thus has to take the backseat.

In this group exhibition, the works showcased are not merely the presentation of the traditional landscapes, flora and/or fauna. The artworks focus on the more elemental side of nature (air, water, fire, metal, earth). The works center when the “landscape” is in a state of flux or transformation. Therefore we focus on the character. The artworks convey nature at very unique or unusual moments, thus capturing the sense of a place. These critical and temporal settings provide a sense of the majestic mythic persona that mother-nature hardly ever unveil. We seek out and expound the consequential when an environment resonates with the human spirit and we try to communicate these moments poetically.

The artists in the exhibit include William Antonio, Ral Arrogante, Aaron Bautista, JCrisanto Martinez, Wayan Narra, Andy Orencio, Christian Regis, Dennis Rito, and Marga Rodriguez. In this exhibit, the artists work with varied format-sized multi-media to convey and capture the contemporary scope.

EcoLOGIC (NatureBeingArt) is curated by JCrisanto Martinez. It opens at The Baguio Museum on April 8, 2011 at 3:0 p.m. and shall be on view until April 29, 2011. The Baguio Museum is located at the DOT Compound, Governor Pack Road, Baguio City, 2600 Philippines. For inquiries about the EcoLOGIC artworks and the exhibition, please contact Ms. Gemma Gardingan at (6374) 444.75.41, sms at (+63) 915.655.06.68, or thru email at Further inquiries about the artists and the artworks can be coursed thru sms at (+63) 922.331.41.08, or via email at
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