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UP Vargas Museum, in cooperation with Japan Foundation, opens Field Trip Project on November 12, Thursday, 4pm, at the 3F Galleries.

Field Trip Project, curated by Daisuke Takeya and Laya Boquiren, aims to explore the concept of environmental sustainability, natural disasters, and creative responses in tackling the challenges regarding them. The old, unneeded and donated randoseru or Japanese backpack becomes the point of reference for the show: artists go to different sites to exchange stories with the people from the communities of disaster-struck areas while wearing these backpacks, thus simulating a field trip. The artists’ journey to different locations enables them to have an artistic intervention that aids in trauma release and recovery. Thus, the randoseru, which will be artistically transformed, becomes repositories of experiences and memories, transcending its usage of being merely a compartment of things.

Mobility is a significant part of the exhibit: the randoseru travelled from Japan, Canada, and Singapore before reaching the Philippines. Three sites were selected for this project: Baguio City (inflicted by a killer earthquake in 1990), Tanauan, Leyte (severely affected by the typhoon Haiyan in 2013), and Vargas Museum, the space where the randoseru will be showcased, viewed and explored tactilely.

The Filipino artists chosen for the exhibit are those whose practices rely intrinsically on the process of production: some focusing on the manipulation of material, while others, reflecting and acting on the therapeutic potential of the randoseru.

The exhibit showcases Filipino artists (Mark Salvatus, Mervy Pueblo, Noell El Farol, Jason Domling, Aze Ong, Tioan Medrano, Paul Quiano), as well as artists whose works are part of the Mobile Travelling Exhibition from Singapore, Japan, Indonesia, India , Brazil, Australia, England, Iceland and France: Eugene Soh, Daniela Beltrani, Stellah Lim Chii Cze, Vincent Twardzik Ching, Twardzik Ching Chor Leng, Ezzam Rahman, Justin Lee, Adeleine Daysor, Urich Lau, Andy Yang, Joshua Yang Kwang Yong, Jingxuan Hu, Ahmad Abu Bakar, Erzan B Adam, Sunar Sugiyou, Paul Lincoln, Ryf Zaini, Green Zeng, Kray Chen, Daisuke Takeya, Yoshihiro Yamamoto, Yoi Kawakubo, Hokuto Narikiyo, Yukari Ishiguro, Irwan Ahmet, Tita Salina, Paribartana Mohanty, Pedro Inoue, Dudu Tsuda, Hannah Quinlivan, Sam Stocker, Susanna Hertrich, Dagrún Aðalsteindóttir, Dominique Baron-Bonarjee.

 Field Trip Project runs until December 11.

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 vargasmuseum@gmail.com. You may also check our website at http://vargasmuseum.upd.edu.ph or like us at http://www.facebook.com/vargasmuseum.upd and follow us on Twitter and Instagram @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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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 Bulatlat.com 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
for the exhibit ">upgrade | homo sapiens sapiens" currently on view at the 3F Galleries. Thanks to @eyascapes for the photograph. Described as “social sculpture”, Green Go Home dwells on, magnifies, and renders the gesture of protest looming, urgent, and lively in current time and present political life. Conceived by collaborators Tomas Vu and Rirkrit Tiravanija, it has been organised in Colombia, the United States and Spain. This year, Green Go Home goes to UP Vargas Museum. Through collaborations with contemporary Filipino artists, images of recent protest actions in the Philippines will be drawn on the walls of the Vargas as the exhibition progresses. The exhibit seeks to review our notions of history by contributing a specific history of protest through interactions with the audience. The Vargas develops a timeline of protests to be accompanied by discussions as an integral part of the exhibition.” Mike Adrao’s artwork is based on a photograph of People Surge Tacloban published in Bulatlat.com, 11 November 2014

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