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BEYOND MYSELF: Filipino Migrants’ Investments in Philippine Futures

BEYOND MYSELF: Filipino Migrants’ Investments in Philippine Futures

Beyond Myself explores Filipino migrants’ aspirations for and investments in their own and others’ futures in the Philippines. Specifically it draws on and curates art works and visual images produced mainly through a series of participatory workshops with Filipino migrants living and working in London and Hong Kong. The arts based workshops enabled participants, mainly Filipino care and domestic workers, to reflect on the different meanings of development and their contributions. Continue reading


Currently showing:

Living Architecture
Main exhibition of the 2018 Artkitektura Festival
1F Galleries
3 February-31 March 2018

Recently concluded:

Place of Region in the Contemporary
Initial project of the Philippine Contemporary Art Network (PCAN)
8 December 2017-27 January 2018

Previous exhibitions:

DEVOUR | Katti Sta. Ana
3F Galleries – 3 November-1 December 2017, public reception on 9 November

1F Galleries – 13 October-18 November 2017



Art Workshops at Vargas Museum. Enroll now!


  • The Vargas Permanent Art Collection, impressionist, modern and contemporary art at the 2F Main Gallery
  • Jorge B. Vargas: A Collecting Life, at the 3F Library and Archives Room

  • By Sword and Fire | Renz Baluyot
    3F Galleries – 28 July-26 August 2017
  • Take a Line for a Walk
    1F Galleries – 20 June-22 July 2017
  • KARAPATAN: Artist Stand for Human Rights
    3F Galleries – 20 June-22 July 2017
  • EXISTENCE | Ged Merino and Aze Ong
    1F Galleries – 12 May-13 June 2017
  • OBRA NI VAL: Carlos Valino Jr., Retrospective
    3F Galleries – 12 May-13 June 2017
  • International Exhibition: ALMOST THERE | venues: Vargas Museum galleries, UP Sunken Garden and online []
    2 March-6 May 2017

  • The homecoming of TIE A STRING AROUND THE WORLD
    Philippine Pavilion for the 56th Venice Biennale
    1F Galleries & 3F Galleries, 09 December 2016 - 18 February 2017
  • A Matter of Contemplation and Discontent | Art in Romania, 1980s-1990s
    1F Galleries, 22 September - 19 November 2016
  • REPUBLIC: 2016 Vargas Museum Art History Series exhibition
    3F Galleries, 22 September - 26 October 2016
    re-curated at the Stairway until 25 November 2016
  • SOCIAL FABRIC | Karl Castro
    3F Galleries, 3-25 November 2016
  • Dancing The Shrimp (The Tactical Improvisation of Postcolonial Space Mix) | Jon Cuyson 1F Galleries, 11 August - 15 September 2016
  • School of Sansó | Juvenal Sansó UP Retrospective show 3F Galleries, 11 August - 15 September 2016
  • The Banquet | Jaime Pacena II 1F Galleries | 8 June - 9 July 2016
  • PERYA | Group show organized by CANVASph 3F Galleries | 8 June - 9 July 2016

  • Vargas Museum is a member of the Asia-Europe Museum Network (ASEMUS)
  • Please check our facebook page for latest updates regarding schedule and admission.
  • Vargas Museum was nominated as Best Asian Contemporary Art Institution in the 2015 Prudential Eye Awards.
  • Vargas Museum participated at the DTI Sikat Pinoy National Art Fair at Megatrade Hall, SM Megamall for two years now since 2014.
  • The Museum Cafe is open from Tuesday to Saturday.
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21 February 2018, Wednesday at 10am | 3F Galleries, Vargas Museum
Pre-registration encouraged, limited seats:
Free and open to the public

Vargas Museum invites everyone to the activities for the Beyond Myself exhibition currently on view at the 3F Galleries. Organized by the Vargas, Scalabrini Migration Center Philippines, and UP Department of Political Science, the activities happen at 10am on Wednesday, 21 February 2018.

Nathalie Dagmang initiates the discussion of Beyond Myself and her art practice by walking the participants through the exhibition. Dagmang created several works in 2017 for the first Beyond Myself exhibition held at Goldsmiths, University of London.  As an active agent for the workshops held in London through the Curating Development project, she was able to share materials, reinterpret archives, and create art through interactions with the migrant workers and organizations.

The second part is a conversation with Dr. Anju Mary Paul, author of Multinational Maids: Stepwise Migration in a Global Labour Market. “Multinational" mobility is not restricted to the global elite. Drawing upon surveys with more than 1,000 Filipino and Indonesian migrant domestic workers in Singapore and Hong Kong, and in-depth interviews with well over 200 of these workers in Singapore, Hong Kong, the Philippines, Canada, and the United States, Dr. Paul documents how some migrant domestic workers are agentically adopting stepwise international labor migration as part of long-term mobility projects for themselves and their families. She lays out the building blocks that have led to the emergence of this global phenomenon, highlighting similar patterns of stepwise migration among other migrant groups, including migrant nurses, IT professionals, foreign academics, and international students. Napoleon Abueva, 26 January 1930 - 16 February 2018 Everyone is invited to the opening of Beyond Myself tomorrow at 3pm! Registration starts at 1:30pm. The exhibition explores Filipino migrants’ aspirations for and investments in their own and others’ futures in the Philippines. Specifically it draws on and curates art works and visual images produced mainly through a series of participatory workshops with Filipino migrants living and working in London and Hong Kong.

Image: Detail of "Beds, Sheds, and Geographies of Dis-connections" 2017 digital print created from the Curating Development London workshops #OFWs #domesticworkers #careworkers #migration #migrantworkers #ContemporaryArt #diaspora Up next at the Vargas: Beyond Myself opens at the 3F Galleries on tomorrow, 15 February. This Curating Development project features several works from Guhit Kulay, an artist collective of Filipino domestic care workers in Hong Kong. Their paintings, produced for Curating Development, were inspired by the objects, images, and stories shared at the arts-based workshops facilitated in Hong Kong. 
Know more about the artists and organizations involved in the exhibition by checking our Facebook event page. The reception of Beyond Myself on Thursday will have a registration at 1:30pm to be followed by a program at 3pm. 
#migration #migrantworkers #OFWs #Filipinodomesticworkers #migrantartists #domesticcare

Photo courtesy of the artists #Repost @artkitekturafestival:
Junyee and his outdoor installation for the Living Architecture Exhibition at the UP Vargas Museum, part of the Artkitektura Festival 2018. The exhibit runs until March 31! See you there! 
ABOUT THE ARTIST: Junyee or Luis Yee, Jr., is a seminal figure in early Philippine and Southeast Asian contemporary art. He is a Filipino artist known for his large-scale and site-specific art installations, which reflect a deep awareness of ecology and environmental issues.Trained as a sculptor, Junyee has pioneered the use of materials readily available from nature for expansive, site-specific works that incorporate ephemeral material within specific locations, redefining site and space in the process.

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