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Maria Taniguchi and Kawayan De Guia | 2011 Ateneo Art Awards Winners

The Vargas Museum would like to congratulate Maria Taniguchi and Kawayan De Guia for winning at the 2011 Ateneo Art Awards. Taniguchi bagged the Common Room Networks Foundation Residency Grant for Echo Studies which ran from March 30 to May 28, 2011 while De Guia received the La Trobe University Visual Arts Centre Residency Grant for Bomba which ran from June 18 to December 18, 2010, both at the Vargas Museum.

Echo Studies reflected Taniguchi’s practice in the “sublimation of the intersections in information sharing and research”. It focused on how the researcher’s decisions, sensitivities, and process continuously challenge scientific objectivity in the creation and manipulation of data. Taniguchi probed relationships among subject, representation, and process by employing sound, video, painting, drawing, and installation.

Bomba featured disco balls fashioned into rocket bombs of different sizes suspended at varying heights from the museum’s ceiling, re-worked jukebox and a video projection. De Guia recalled the days of disco with the mirror bombs radiating at variable speeds coupled with pop music interspersed with random sounds. Bomba, aside from its reference to military weapons, also evokes a local film genre of hardcore porn of the same name, thus evoking concepts of violence, sex, rituals of domination and power juxtaposed with longing and nostalgia through the re-worked jukebox and music.


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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Internship program: We already closed the call for museum interns. We will have another batch in May. For Library Internships (UP Vargas Museum - Library and Archives), please check details posted here. Beyond Myself: Filipino Migrants' Investments in Philippine Futures is on its fifth week of viewing. This Curating Development exhibition is open until 28 March 2018. Books, reports, and other materials about #migration #policy are available for reading at the 3F South Wing, courtesy of colleagues from Goldsmiths - University of London, Scalabrini Migration Center Philippines, Enrich HK, Department of Sociology of The University of Hong Kong - HKU - 香港大學, and Keele University. The Living Architecture Exhibition is on view until 7 April 2018. Here is one of the four Tiyad structures created by Indy Paredes on the porches of the museum. Paredes will be joined by architecture and urban planning specialists on 24 March for the Artkitektura Exhibit Encounters 3: Vargas Conversations - "How can we make our cities more human?" Activity details will soon be posted on our Facebook event page. @artkitekturafestival Beyond Myself: Filipino Migrants' Investments in Philippine Futures at the 3F Galleries is extended until 28 March 2018. For guided tours, please send a message to

Image: One of the work journals created by London-based Filipino migrant workers through the Curating Development project with Kanlungan Filipino Consortium and Filipino Domestic Workers Association UK. We are extending the runs of the two shows here at Vargas:
1F - Living Architecture Exhibition: 7 April 2018
3F - Beyond Myself: Filipino Migrants' Investments in Philippine Futures: 28 March 2018 The internship program of the Vargas Museum is a good opportunity to understand and experience museum work. The museum invites undergraduate and graduate students of Art Studies, Humanities, Fine Arts, Curatorial Studies, Museum Studies, Cultural Heritage, History, Library Science, and Archives Studies to apply:

Please send applications to with subject line “INTERN-Museum APR 2018”. The program is designed to give the intern an overview of museum practices: collections management, curation, exhibition coordination, and educational programming. For March 2018, we need interns to assist with research of objects, manuscripts, and memorabilia for upcoming exhibitions.

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