ARCHIVING ROBERTO CHABET
The Cellar Gallery and Basement B
UP Vargas Museum
3 March – 4 April 2009
The UP Vargas Museum presents the exhibition entitled, Archiving Roberto Chabet at the Cellar Gallery. In Archiving Roberto Chabet, artist and researcher Ringo Bunoan focuses on the work of the pioneering Filipino conceptual artist Roberto Chabet, beginning with his early drawings and collages in the 1960s to his current installations and objects. For nearly a year now, she has been sourcing clippings, researching dates and titles, scanning photographs, conducting interviews, and cataloguing every single item that bears his name, for a special research project by the Asia Art Archive, (AAA) with the support of the Lopez Memorial Museum.
For this exhibition however, the aim is not to present a thorough survey of Chabet’s work, nor even a sampling. Instead, Bunoan has decided to work within the cracks in the narrative, by re-constructing and presenting some of Chabet’s works, which have never been realized or those that have escaped documentation.
Drawing on the idea of surveillance and the desire for knowledge, the exhibition invites reflection on how we can represent the fractured and ephemeral nature of conceptual art. It is a fitting homage to Chabet, who, despite his strong influence, has maintained a strategic distance from the operations of the art world. With this ordering of scavenged data, Bunoan underscores Chabet’s immense contribution to Philippine art while performing a critical statement on the systems and politics that govern our culture, memory and history.
Artist’s Talk by Ringo Bunoan is scheduled on 06 March 2009 (Friday), 3:00 PM at the UP Vargas Museum.
Archiving Roberto Chabet will run until 4 April 2009. For more information, please contact the UP Vargas Museum at 928-19-27 (direct line), 929-19-25 (telefax), 981-85-00 local 4024, 0929-8567909 (mobile), or send an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. The Museum’s official website may be viewed at www.vargasmuseum.org