Art, Exhibit, Lobby

Address | Alfredo + Isabel Aquilizan

Address
Alfredo + Isabel Aquilizan
31 August – 29 October 2011
GF Lobby

The Vargas Museum opens Address by Alfredo + Isabel Aquilizan on 31 August, Wednesday, 4:00PM at the GF Lobby of the museum.

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.

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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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