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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Photographic Memories

Photographic Memories
Wig Tysmans
27 April to 26 May 2013
Print Gallery, BenCab Museum
Km 6 Asin Road, Tadiangan, Tuba, Bnguet

Veteran photographer Wig Tysmans showcases some 30 images taken more or less 30 years ago in "Photographic Memories" at the BenCab Museum. The retrospective exhibit includes black and white photos of iconic structures such as Bantay Church and Baguio Cathedral.

For more information, call (074) 4427165 or email

Visit: BenCab Museum Website

The Last Pine Tree

The Last Pine Tree 
Kat Palasi April
25 – May 20, 2013 
3rd Floor Galleries 
UP Vargas Museum 
Opening Reception: 4PM, April 25

By using photography to highlight issues that are close to her heart, Kat Palasi’s The Last Pine Tree portrays the face of industry through a story of dispossession. In Palasi’s words, the people of Benguet province have become “disenfranchised by the many ‘development’ projects that have been imposed on them for many decades”.

Compared with the other provinces in the Cordilleras, Benguet has the most degraded land and the least amount of forest cover, both on account of a long history of mining. As a child in Itogon (a municipality of Benguet), Palasi recalls playing with the colored stones in a grey river, not realizing that the water had turned grey because of the mines in the mountains.

The Last Pine Tree is the result of Palasi’s many other realizations about heritage and preservation in the midst of massive development. In this series, she shows how land, language, and customs become “special pockets of resistance” through which an indigenous culture struggles to stay alive, even as it is pushed towards the margins. Through her work as a photographer and outdoor enthusiast, Palasi attempts to reinforce these narratives surrounding Benguet cultures that are slowly being eroded—as is the case with the patrimony of many indigenous peoples everywhere. This project is sponsored by the Prince Claus Fund for Culture and Development.

Visit: Kat Palasi Website

Friday, April 5, 2013

Ulrike Ottinger - Photo Exhibition

Ulrike Ottinger - Photo Exhibition
11 April to 10 May 2013
Yuchengco Museum, RCBC Plaza
cor. Ayala and Sen. Gil J. Puyat Avenues, Makati City
 +632 8405723 to 24

The exhibition is featuring the exemplary works of Ulrike Ottinger, one of the most self-willed German filmmakers of international stature that has transcended the edge of diverse art disciplines – from being a photographer to a film-maker. Ottinger’s photographic works vary from surreal theatrical scenes to ethnological depiction, her creative phases reflecting the clash between documentary and staged photography that best characterizes her work. The exhibition is accompanied by her latest film “Under Snow” (2011) set in Echigo, Japan, which portrays a snow-covered world in remarkable contrast to the Philippines’s lush tropical scenery

Ulrike Ottinger does not pretend to deliver a neutral image. Her subjective view and the focus of her camera are distinct in these photographs. The juxtaposition of fright and beauty, lust for life and mental abyss are present in all of the works.
While her large-format photographs often correspond to her film works, they still have their very own visual accents, focusing on China and Mongolia, places which Ottinger visited frequently. In the center of her images are the outlandish, the offbeat and the grotesque. The construction of images is often arranged very precisely yet maintaining the power to trigger fear and joy at the same time.

Organized by the Goethe-Institut in cooperation with the “Deutsche Kinemathek – Museum für Film und Fernsehen” this exhibition has been on tour around the world since 2012 as a part of the exhibition series “film.kunst”. The exhibition has been featured in Mexico, Belgrade, Ankara, Istanbul, Helsinki, Brussels, Madrid, Tel Aviv, and Vietnam amongst others.

Her films as well as her photographic works have been shown in numerous retrospectives and exhibitions, including at the Venice Biennale (1980), the Cinémathèque française, Paris (1980, 1982), the Museum of Modern Art, New York (2000, 2004) and at the Kunst-Werke Berlin (2001).

Yuchengco Museum is located at RCBC Plaza, corner Ayala and Sen. Gil J. Puyat Avenues in Makati. Museum hours are from Monday to Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, call (632) 889-1234 or visit
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