Art, Exhibit, West Wing Gallery (Edge)

c_rafts | Mark Salvatus

Mark Salvatus
17 June – 17 August 2011
GF West Wing Gallery

The Jorge B. Vargas Museum presents c_rafts by Mark Salvatus. The exhibit will open on 17 June 2011, Friday, 4PM at the GF West Wing Gallery of the museum.

c_rafts examines personal stories, collective memories and survival in times of calamity. Salvatus, who used to live in España in the Sampaloc area, departs from his encounters and experiences of Manila floods. Focusing on the ravage of typhoon Ondoy that hit Metro Manila in 2009, it probes the ties between the public and the private, survival and threat, game and play. Rafts made out of everyday objects make the viewer re-think perceptions on fear and doubt in relation to the instinct of surviving a disaster. Through these objects, multiple layers of relations and functions are crafted and constructed, further exploring the idea of consumerism, security, urbanism and everyday politics.

Mark Salvatus (b. 1980) graduated Cum Laude from the University of Santo Tomas with a degree in Fine Arts major in advertising.  He works across disciplines and various media that deal with community, urbanism, accidental encounters and everyday cultures.  Winner of the 2010 Ateneo Art Awards, he is the recipient of the residency grants from Common Room Networks Foundation, La Trobe University Visual Arts Center and the New York Art Project (Art Omi). His recent exhibitions include “Stories of Dreams and Realities” at Rossi & Rossi (London), “Vernacular Cultures & Contemporary Art in Australia, India and the Philippines” at La Trobe University Museum of Art, LUMA (Melbourne), “Boat and Bridge_Net” at Space Beam (Incheon) and “Open House” at the 3rd Singapore Biennale.

About Jorge B. Vargas Museum

It aims to preserve its collection donated by Jorge B. Vargas and conducts research, exhibitions, publications, and educational programs. The Vargas Museum and Filipiniana Research Center houses a museum, archives, and library devoted to the Philippine history, art, and culture from the late 19th century until the post-war era. Its main beneficiaries are students, faculty, researchers and scholars of the Philippines and Asia.


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