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FEAST AND FAMINE: Oca Villamiel’s fifth solo exhibition opens on May 15


Feast and Famine | Oca Villamiel

15 May to 13 June 2014 at the GF Lobby and West Wing Galleries

The UP Vargas Museum in cooperation with Light and Space Contemporary opens Feast and Famine, Oscar Villamiel’s fifth one-man exhibition on May 15, Thursday, 6PM at the Lobby and West Wing Galleries of the museum.

In Feast and Famine, Villamiel gathers and displays detritus and discards as a form of testimony: traces of the living in a milieu permeated by malaise.

The exhibition combines several forms of artistic expression that Villamiel has explored over the years: installation, painting, mixed media and assemblage. But going beyond formal or technical concerns, Villamiel salvages and rearranges found objects as traces of social reality. Handmade cages filled with an assortment of discards and artifacts collected around the country harbour narratives of survival. Hundreds of dolls salvaged from one of the country’s largest dumpsites are framed in steel squares, like commodities shipped off to be sold. Books soaked in the flood brought about by the 2009 typhoon Ketsana (Ondoy) are salvaged and stacked together, weighing the loss of implements for learning.

Testifying to the damage wrought, Feast and Famine distills Villamiel’s reflections on the states of crisis beyond the museum’s walls. In various states of desolation and deterioration, these objects tell the stories of our time: the flux of forced migration and economic diaspora, the aftermath of disasters natural and unnatural, the crisis of governance that fester throughout the land.

Villamiel engages in this continuous process of collecting not just as an act of recollecting and interrogating truths, but also as a way of holding on to hope: how light may be found at the end of this journey into darkness.

Oscar, or Oca, Villamiel held his first one-man exhibition in 2009 after nearly two decades of work as a set designer and an entrepreneur in the t-shirt printing business. Since then, he has been holding annual solo exhibitions of works in various art galleries and institutions. In 2013, Villamiel was among the visual artists representing the Philippines in the Singapore Biennale with the installation work, Payatas, produced using thousands of discarded dolls salvaged from the Quezon City landfill.

Feast and Famine runs until 13 June 2014. For inquiries, please contact Vargas Museum at (+632) 928-1927 (direct line), (+632) 981-8500 loc. 4024 (UP trunkline), (+632) 928-1925 (fax) or send an e-mail to You may also check our website at or like us at for updates.



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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Green Go Home featured artist: MIKE ADRAO

Initiated by Tomas Vu and Rirkrit Tiravanija, the project collaborates with seven contemporary Filipino artists. Mike Adrao creates an image based on a photograph from of the People Surge rally in Tacloban in 2014.

Super Typhoon Yolanda (international name: Haiyan) landed in the Philippine eastern coasts of Leyte and nearby provinces in November 2013. A year after the calamity that killed more than 6,000 people, simultaneous rallies happened in Eastern Visayas, Bohol, Zamboanga, and Metro Manila to denounce the government’s ineptitude in giving services and aid. People Surge is an alliance established in Tacloban City on 25 January 2014 by the survivors of the typhoon and it has organized mud walks to commemorate the Yolanda event. Green Go Home by Tomas Vu and Rirkrit Tiravanija is at the 1F Galleries of the Vargas until 18 November 2017. Through collaborations with seven contemporary Filipino artists, images of recent protest actions in the Philippines are drawn on the walls of the Vargas as the exhibition progresses. 
According to Vu and Tiravanija, “the provocation inherent in Green Go Home is positioned against the subtle underlying subtext of U.S. interventions, and colonialist attitudes, towards its neighbors in Latin American from Mexico southwards: an antagonism that has cost many lives and much strife. In the imagery itself, the presence of each character-from films to music to personalities of resistance-reveals itself to the viewer as addressing the condition of the graffiti text. The grid holds up the statement and reinforces the layers of interpretation, readings, and misunderstandings. Green Go Home is meant to be a wall of resisters, and of resistance.” On Saturday, 19 October 2017, the museum will be open as usual with viewing hours from 9am to 5pm. However, please be advised of heavy traffic inside the university campus due to the UPCAT (University of the Philippines College Admission Test). Here are some photos from last Saturday's opening reception of Green Go Home at the 1F Galleries. More photos can be viewed at our Facebook page. #TomasVu #RirkritTiravanija #BuenAbrigo #MikeAdrao #RenzLee #GabbyNazareno #ArchieOclos #IggyRodriguez #JoTanierla #drawing #mural #protestArt #resistance #socialsculpture Here is "Membranes" created by artist-educator Yan Abeledo
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