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Viay nu Ivatan: Ivatan Lifeways

Through painting, photography, and illustration, the daily life of Filipinos inhabiting the northernmost island of the country is portrayed and annotated in this exhibition. According to Datar, the Ivatan culture is shaped by strong typhoons, rough seas, and meager resources. He explains that it exemplifies a particular relationship of a people with their environment. As depicted in Datar’s and Gonzales’s works, the exceptionally beautiful terrain of the province is accented by equally beautiful and highly industrious people. Datar further states that each household is oftentimes self-sufficient, enjoying a considerable degree of independence; and that the beauty of the province lies in its relative isolation and the uniqueness of its culture. Continue reading

Vargas x Met Exhibitions at the Metropolitan Museum of Manila

UP Vargas Museum and Metropolitan Museum of Manila opened two new exhibitions last 21 April. Curated by Dr. Patrick Flores, Fascination with Filipiniana: The Vargas Museum Collection and In the Wake of War and the Modern: Manila, 1941 to 1961 feature the comprehensive collection of the Jorge B. Vargas Museum and Filipiniana Research Center of … Continue reading

Christmas Eve, Emilio G. Santiago, 1942

“Christmas Eve, Emilio G. Santiago, 1942” follows through the Art History Series that tries to curate works of the Vargas Museum according to art-historical methods. Earlier efforts zeroed in on the thematic, monographic, and diachronic approaches. Continue reading

BEYOND MYSELF: Filipino Migrants’ Investments in Philippine Futures

Beyond Myself explores Filipino migrants’ aspirations for and investments in their own and others’ futures in the Philippines. Specifically it draws on and curates art works and visual images produced mainly through a series of participatory workshops with Filipino migrants living and working in London and Hong Kong. The arts based workshops enabled participants, mainly Filipino care and domestic workers, to reflect on the different meanings of development and their contributions. Continue reading

Living Architecture Exhibition at Vargas Museum

Living Architecture Exhibition is intended to raise awareness on the relationship between architecture and the natural, social and cultural life which it is part of. By showcasing various projects from four phases within the search for “Living Architecture” and engaging the audiences with two outdoor installations by Filipino artists Junyee and Indy Paredes at the Vargas Museum, Living Architecture Exhibition aims to adhere to a more sustainable and life-oriented approach to architecture. Continue reading

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