Isa Lorenzo, 003: The Moro Negatives

Isa Lorenzo, 003: The Moro Negatives
October 1 - November 15, 2008
Opening reception: 6pm on October 1, Wednesday

Silverlens Gallery celebrates is second year with the third solo show of Isa Lorenzo called Isa Lorenzo, 003: The Moro Negatives. The opening reception will be on October 1, 2008 at 6 pm. It kicks off a month of celebration to be followed by the October 16th opening of the SLAB (Silverlens Lab) Gallery, the next space under the Silverlens Group committed to showing painting, drawing, and sculpture, with painter Patricia Eustaquio.

In The Moro Negatives, Lorenzo returns to the darkroom continuing her multi-negative collages which she began in Isa Lorenzo, 001. This time however, she brings together found negatives of her late father, Luis “Moro” Lorenzo—his life as a young man in the Mindanao of the ‘50s, the architecture of the ‘60s, and the recording of a growing family shuttling between Luzon and Mindanao in the ‘70s—and her own photos of the homes that he built still in existence. Each image brings together circumstances decades apart, and is titled by the year of the Moro Lorenzo negative.

Moro Lorenzo passed away in 1997. In his lifetime, he was a basketball icon, a farmer, a businessman, a patriarch, and a golfer. His passing was the first step in his daughter’s journey into art, a path that was in hindsight bequeathed to her by her father who played the role of designated photographer at every celebration, vacation, and historical event.

Isa Lorenzo (b.1974, Manila) is a graduate of the University of the Philippines College of Medicine. She hung up her stethoscope upon passing the board exams to start her life in art. She finished a Masters Degree in Media Studies and Photography at the Parsons School of Design in New York City and worked at the International Center of Photography in the same city. Since then, she has founded the Silverlens Gallery, the Silverlens Foundation, and SLab. For her own art, she has published two books of her work and has shown in Paris, Brussels, Hong Kong, Shanghai, New York, and soon, Cologne.

There will be a talk on “Demystifying Mindanao” by publisher and environmentalist Lory Tan on Saturday, Oct. 18, from 3-5 pm and an artist talk by Isa Lorenzo on Saturday Oct. 25, also from 3-5pm. Isa Lorenzo,003: The Moro Negatives runs until Nov. 15, 2008.

For inquiries visit Silverlens Gallery at 2/F YMC Bldg. 2, 2320 Pasong Tamo Extension, Makati City, 816-0044, 0905-2650873, Gallery hours are Monday to Friday 10am–7 pm, Saturday 1–6pm.