Last November 2009, the UP Vargas Museum together with the Japan Foundation held a two-day curatorial workshop that was participated in by artists and curators. With the aim of providing a platform for interaction among artist-curators, their peers, and established practitioners, the workshop was geared towards the interest of the JENESYS Program for Creators of Japan Foundation in developing curatorial resources in the region.
Out of 14 participants of the said workshop, Jaime Pacena II, was chosen as the recipient of the grant for the JENESYS Program. Pacena presented Bliss Market at the workshop, which centers on “community” as the main theme, defined as “a network, a foundation of common interest or belonging.” His objective is to build a community within a community, with a housing project in the ’80, the UP Bliss Diliman, and its small supermarket that was demolished, as locus.
From June 29 to September 18, 2010, Pacena would work at the Aomori Contemporary Art Centre (ACAC) as an Intern Curator providing curatorial assistance in their exhibitions and programs. His latest undertaking for ACAC was the Free House Project of Japanese artist Takamine Tadasu, which is part of the Platform 2 Exhibition. He will also be on board the Japan Foundation’s Co-Curatorial Project that will take place in 2011 in Australia.
You may view J Pacena’s blog documenting his projects and experiences in Japan as part of his residency grant at http://blissmarket.wordpress.com.