Alfredo + Isabel Aquilizan
31 August – 29 October 2011
The Aquilizans work together as a couple, parents and artists. Though they pursue individual creative vocations, their collaborations dwell on their everyday life within a family and the duty of raising their children. These experiences inflect their work with collective habits, or habits of collection — and also of belonging.
In Address, they use boxes laden with the personal effects from their homeland. This may well be a farewell scene in which the process of migration becomes poignant and the lost object of country is salvaged in pieces. It is caught between the anticipation of a beginning and an unsettling of origin or address — between expectation and alienation. The practice of Alfredo Juan and 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 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: the world is a balikbayan box, always coming home, returning to an address.