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THE RECONCILIATION OF MAGIK SALAP (A TRIPTYCH)

MAGIK SALAP PHOTO

THE RECONCILIATION OF MAGIK SALAP (A TRIPTYCH)

Sharon Estacio with Giovanna Rovedo

IT’S ALL RELATIVE
Guest artists: Sheila E. Dennis, forensic biologist, with
Jinggo Montenejo, freelance photographer, jinggomontenejo.com

Francisco A. Datar, anthropologist, University of the Philippines Diliman

Jacob Maentz, freelance photographer, jacobimages.com, Katutubong Filipino Project katutuboproject.org

Alison Domzalski, freelance photographer, former forensic biologist, alisondomzalski.com

Part I: World Premiere

3F Galleries
Vargas Museum
UP Diliman

April 7-10, 2015

UP Vargas Museum presents the First Part: World Premiere of the Knitsisters production titled The Reconciliation of Magik Salap (A Triptych). It runs from April 7 to April 10 at the 3F Galleries.

The Reconciliation of Magik Salap (A Triptych) showcases the first of three documented dance journeys of Sharon Estacio and Giovanna Rovedo that incorporate audio, video and live performance. Estacio and Rovedo aim to use contemporary dance and holistic health to rediscover what it means to be a Filipino in different parts of the world. Their journey to the Cordillera Mountains with the Kalinga community in the northern Philippines marked the first step towards their research connecting America, the Philippines and Italy. Estacio and Rovedo conducted a cultural exchange and immersion where they interacted with the indigenous peoples of the Philippines and dance students of Filipino local universities.
The artists are opening their creative laboratory and continued research to the public, placing themselves on display in the 3F galleries, in real time during viewing hours throughout the course of the week. Visitors will have the possibility of entering the residency space and interacting with the artists.

Science and art merge in this exhibit. The DNA Analysis Laboratory, Natural Sciences Research Institute, University of the Philippines (UP-NSRI-DAL) and the Forensics and Ethnicity Program of the Philippine Genome Center has spearheaded population genetics works in the Philippines to study the genetic diversity of Filipinos and applications for forensic science. It’s All Relative is a realization that people are interconnected-socially, culturally, and historically. Genetics show we are the same as people but diverse as individuals. This special exhibit features portraits of the UP-NSRI-DAL scientists by photographer Alison Domzalski superimposed with their DNA sequences obtained via next generation sequencing. Complementing these portraits are selected images of the Philippines’ indigenous peoples such as the Mangyan of Mindoro by photographer Jacob Maentz, the Ivatan of Batanes by anthropologist Dr. Francisco Datar, and the Kalinga of the Cordillera Mountains by photographer Jinggo Montenejo.

Sharon Estacio is a Filipino American dance artist, teacher and AADP certified holistic health practitioner currently based in Florence, Italy. A native New Yorker, she trained at the Manhattan Ballet School, Inc. on scholarship and the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center on fellowship. She was an Honors Scholar in Dance at FH LaGuardia HS of Music & Art and the Performing Arts and graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Dance from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, where she was honored with the JS Seidman Award. A performer since 1998, she has worked with an amalgam of artists and dance companies in the US and Italy, touring and teaching across America and Europe. As a dance artist in NYC, her previous works include commissions by Aaron Davis Hall, Mulberry Street Theater with the Jerome Foundation, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and Women in Motion: Blueprint (Estrogenius Festival NYC). Her work has also been presented at Danspace Project/St. Mark’s Church, Joe’s Pub (DanceNOW[NYC]), Dixon Place, Jacob’s Pillow, La MaMa, WAX and others. She has been an artist-in-residence at the Dragon’s Egg (CT), Earthdance (MA) in the US and DiD Studio/ Fabbrica del Vapore (MI) and Teatro della Limonaia (FI) in Italy. sharonestacio.com

Giovanna Rovedo is an Italian dance artist and cultural anthropologist. She graduated in Contemporary Dance from the National Dance Academy (Rome) with an anthropological thesis about the necessity of ritual dance in American-Indian Culture. She has worked with various companies and different projects in Europe (Umbra-Solis, Whycompany, Evidance, Dimensionen Collective, Aphonos) between 2010-2015. In 2012, she started her first solo project Località Presa 1 and since then has presented it in Naples, Kaikala, Berlin and Perugia. She also received her degree in Cultural Anthropology from La Sapienza University (Rome). In 2013, she went to Kolkata (India) for her project Kaikala Lab, where she shared her dance piecé Località Presa 1 with local children to connect India with her birthplace, Italy. Recently, her video Nuovo Valzer Cimoliano was selected to participate in the festival Giovani Delle Dolomiti 2014. She is also a contemporary dance teacher. giovannarovedo.com

Sheila Estacio Dennis, forensic biologist, is currently a Fulbright Scholar and Researcher in residence at the DNA Analysis Laboratory, Natural Sciences Research Institute at the University of the Philippines, Diliman.   This photographic collaboration is based on her molecular approach to forensic science and ethnicity the past 5 months. She was the Assistant Director for the Department of Forensic Biology of the New York City Office of Chief Medical Examiner. After the occurrences of 9/11 World Trade Center attacks and the American Airlines Flt. 587 crash in November 2011, Sheila was reassigned to the World Trade Center Special Projects Team where she performed DNA testing on challenging samples from the unidentified human remains from the World Trade Center Disaster as well as performed DNA testing on victim reference samples and familial exemplars. Sheila graduated from New York University with a Bachelor of Arts in Physical Anthropology and subsequently completed her Master’s Degree in Forensic Science at the University of New Haven in West Haven, CT. She resides with her husband, two children, and 2 fighting fish in northern New Jersey but is still a native New Yorker and Filipina at heart.

This production has also been made possible by the Jorge B. Vargas Museum and Filipiniana Research Center, University of the Philippines, Diliman in Manila, Philippines (Phase I), the Filipino American Museum (FAM) in NYC, USA (Phase II) and generous supporters.

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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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One thought on “THE RECONCILIATION OF MAGIK SALAP (A TRIPTYCH)

  1. It is another way in showcasing talents of the people of Kalinga. It is a remarkable way to interact with the indigenous people, in their way of living and culture. It is a healthy process and indeed it can help to them. I wish I can communicate with them.

    Posted by Jovelyn | June 26, 2015, 6:27 pm

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25-27 January 2018 | Thursday to Saturday, 3-5pm
An Ecological, The Obligatory Reading Series (Season 1)

Closing the first year of PCAN, the Public Engagement and Artistic Formation introduces an itinerant educational initiative in the form of a reading group, established to explore ideas and accommodate materials collected and discussed by the institution’s ongoing research. The reading group is a bi-monthly meeting, hosted in the last week of a month. 
The initial series of reading proceeds from the use of the term “ecological/ecology” in understanding practices of public engagement and artistic formation. In the first meeting (January 25), we will focus on Isabelle Stengers’ work that qualifies the scientific and political dimensions of the ecological as a method of creating relations and as a mode of understanding these relationships to the world. We will ask how these relations create ‘modern’ practices and their other through conceptual vectors utilized by Stengers, such as pharmakon, factishistic proposition, and constraints. The second meeting (January 26) will be an exercise on reading data and statistics about rice production and supply through Mark Sanchez’s project Rice Food Web (2017). Moderated by the artist, the session releases the interpretation of these articles into an open platform of alternative and multiple readings of information. We will ask the agency and dynamics of artistic research/artist-led research in the economy of ‘scientific’ information and policy-oriented knowledge production. In the final meeting (January 27), we will read into a history of an institution and institution-building through its documentation, collected and archived outside its context in Marawi. This session will be an encounter with the Dansalan Quarterly Journal, a community-based, interdisciplinary publication produced by the Dansalan Junior College (now Dansalan Research Foundation) in 1975. 
Session 1 | 3:30 – 5:00 PM, 25 Jan
Cosmopolitics I
Isabelle Stengers
Moderated by Renan Laru-An

Session 2 | 3:30 – 5:00 PM, 26 Jan
Reading the Web
Moderated by Mark Sanchez

Session 3 | 3:30 – 5:00 PM, 27 Jan
Dansalan Quarterly Journal Traversals/Trajectories: Expansive Localities
Curator’s Walk-through 
and Conversation with Martin Lorenzo De Mesa and Kat Palasi

25 January 2018| Thursday, 2:30-5pm, 1F Lobby

Tessa Maria Guazon, coordinator of the Exhibition and Curatorial Analysis component of PCAN, shares her ideas and processes through a curatorial walk-through of "Traversals/Trajectories: Expansive Localities" at the 1F Lobby of Vargas Museum. The exhibition explores ideas of the region and the different “practices of placeness” in Philippine contemporary art by tracing numerous strains of place making in the works of artists from different localities across the Philippines.

A conversation with two of the thirteen featured artists of Traversals/Trajectories follows the curator’s walk-through; visual storyteller and textile artist Kat Palasi and interdisciplinary artist Martin de Mesa offer insights into their art practice as well as their specific local contexts.

Place of Region in the Contemporary, the initial project of the Philippine Contemporary Art Network (PCAN), closes with several activities on the last week of January 2018. The four exhibitions currently on view at the Place of Region in the Contemporary introduce the four nodes of the network. 
All events are free and open to the public. Pre-registration via vargasmuseum@gmail.com preferred. Contact during office hours: 928-1927

https://pcan.org.ph/
Main event page of project on UP Vargas Museum: https://www.facebook.com/events/585701778427439/ 24 January 2018
Wednesday, 10-11:30am
Art Historiography Series: Jess Ayco in Philippine Art

The Knowledge Production and Circulation component of PCAN, coordinated by Roberto G. Paulino, identifies research themes and topics pertinent to the vision of the proposed network. For its pilot research project, it undertakes archival research on Philippine artists Jess Ayco (1916-1982), Santiago Bose (1949-2002), Abdulmari Imao (1936-2014), and Junyee (Luis Yee Jr) (born 1942). The first lecture of Roberto G. Paulino in the Art Historiography Series of PCAN through the Place of Region in the Contemporary focuses on the study of the Filipino modernist Jess Ayco who lived and worked in Bacolod.

Place of Region in the Contemporary, the initial project of the Philippine Contemporary Art Network (PCAN), closes with several activities on the last week of January 2018. The four exhibitions currently on view at the Place of Region in the Contemporary introduce the four nodes of the network. 
All events are free and open to the public. Pre-registration via vargasmuseum@gmail.com preferred. Contact during office hours: 928-1927

https://pcan.org.ph
Main event page of project on UP Vargas Museum: https://www.facebook.com/events/585701778427439/ The project Place of Region in the Contemporary is closing next week. Activities from 24 to 27 January are free and open to the public. Please check UP Vargas Museum page for full details. **25 January 2018** Thursday, 2:30-5pm
Traversals/Trajectories: Expansive Localities
Curator’s Walk-through and Conversation with Martin Lorenzo De Mesa and Kat Palasi

Tessa Maria Guazon, coordinator of the Exhibition and Curatorial Analysis component of PCAN, shares her ideas and processes through a curatorial walk-through of "Traversals/Trajectories: Expansive Localities" at the 1F Lobby of Vargas Museum. A conversation with two of the thirteen featured artists of Traversals/Trajectories follows the curator’s walk-through; visual storyteller and textile artist Kat Palasi and interdisciplinary artist Martin de Mesa offer insights into their art practice as well as their specific local contexts.  The exhibition explores ideas of the region and the different “practices of placeness” in Philippine contemporary art by tracing numerous strains of place making in the works of artists from different localities across the Philippines. Collateral activities are organized with the exhibition, including a discussion platform to examine impulses underlying the curatorial —those that frame and activate localities in their assertion of claims to place against an overarching globality.

https://www.facebook.com/vargasmuseum.upd/posts/10155899791262667 Roberto G. Paulino coordinates the Knowledge Production and Circulation component of PCAN. For Place of Region in the Contemporary, Paulino initiates an archival research on Philippine artists Jess Ayco (1916-1982), Santiago Bose (1949-2002), Abdulmari Imao (1936-2014), and Junyee (Luis Yee Jr) (born 1942). Born or based in the regions of Bacolod, Baguio, Jolo, and Los Baños, the artists represent the disparate conditions and production in Philippine modern and contemporary art. *****************************************24 January 2018
Wednesday, 10-11:30am
Art Historiography Series: Jess Ayco in Philippine Art

The first lecture of Roberto G. Paulino in the Art Historiography Series of PCAN through the Place of Region in the Contemporary focuses on the study of the Filipino modernist Jess Ayco who lived and worked in Bacolod. Place of Region in the Contemporary is on its last ten days of viewing. At the Sensorium of the museum's third floor, texts about artist-curator Raymundo Albano are displayed alongside his poetry and curatorial and graphic design. Visitors are encouraged to spend time to read at this area. 
Place of Region in the Contemporary is the initial project of the Philippine Contemporary Art Network (PCAN). https://www.pcan.org.ph

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