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IFUGAO RED | Gaston Damag

Gaston Damag

04 October to 15 November 2014
1F Galleries
Opening cocktails on 04 October, Saturday, 4PM

FB DAMAG cover page Oct 2014_lores

The UP Vargas Museum in cooperation with The Drawing Room presents Gaston Damag’s solo exhibition titled IFUGAO RED at the Lobby and West Wing Galleries of the museum. The exhibition opens on 4 October, Saturday, 4pm.

Damag, an artist with roots in Ifugao, appropriates cultural objects and places them in a museological context. His works are cast as “civilizational and institutional critique” as well as “reflections on modernism.” The deity carved in wood called the bulul, pestles, knives, and other objects are mingled with industrial materials such as galvanized iron, steel cables, incandescent bulbs, and glass. This mixture may also be an analogue to Damag’s position as an artist with Philippine lineage residing in Paris and dividing his time between the two worlds. The reconstruction and deconstruction of what is imagined to be ethnic objects, such of the bulul, play out as a performance, a ritual performed in the museum.

Gaston Damag (b. 1964) graduated from the University of the Philippines with a Fine Arts degree in 1985. He further honed his studies in the arts at the École Nationale d’Art de Cergy – Pontoise and Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-arts de Paris, France. He received the First Prize in multimédia/sculpture competition in 1995 at the Ecole des Beaux-arts de Paris. He has exhibited in such platforms as the Thessaloniki Biennale in Greece; the Dexia Banque Internationale, Luxembourg; Miam Museum in Sete; and Topaz Arts Center in New York.

Ifugao Red runs until 15 November 2014.

For more information, 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 and follow us @UPVargasMuseum 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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