Alfredo Juan and Isabel Aquilizan
Exhibit runs until 10 April 2010
G/F Lobby and West Wing Galleries
The UP Vargas Museum formally opened Stock, a collaborative exhibition of Alfredo and Isabel Aquilizan last 23 February 2010, 6pm, at the Ground Floor Lobby and West Wing Galleries.
The practice of Alfredo Juan/Isabel Aquilizan indexes the habit of keeping and investing things with sentiment. It is a disposition shaped by varying desires: as a matter of necessity for a family of five children and as a matter of contingency for artists seeking the intimate contexts of a collective, whether kin or nation, the mass or the global. It is further deepened by their experience as Filipino migrants in Australia and their commissions of installations across the world. In this exhibition, they recollect their art: old drawings, collages, the more recent Mabini art project, and important pieces since 1997 involving identification cards, shoes, toothbrushes, slippers, and even the vestiges of their studio in Los Baños. They also rummage through the storeroom of the Vargas Museum to create an installation of an institution’s remains and surplus: to take stock.