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Beyond The Islands

Filipino Talent in the Limelight in Italian Art Exhibits

Over 20 contemporary Filipino artists take the spotlight in Italy’s art scene, as they are featured in key art exhibits in both Venice and Milan.

Venice Biennale to feature several Filipino artists

The Philippine Pavillion in this year’s Venice Biennale will feature artist Mark Justiniani starting May 11 to November 24. With the theme of “Island Weather”, it explores the different ways the Philippine archipelago can be understood and imagined.

Justiniani’s art has three thematic approaches: “Island Voyage”, “Local Forecast: Turbulent Weather”, and “Piers and Ports”. These are meant to reflect how the Filipino people regard their spaces, whether as a place of origin, shelter, respite, or a country as a whole.

The exhibit will be curated by Tessa Maria Guazon, assistant professor at the Department of Art Studies in the University of the Philippines, Diliman.  

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In addition, Veniceartfactory + Karuizawa New Art Museum will also present “Diversity for Peace” as part of the biennial art event, at the Procuratie Vecchie in Piazza San Marco.

Filipino Ronald Ventura is one of the featured artists in this six-month long exhibition, which aims to feature the unique styles and diverse approaches of young artists from around the world.

Ventura’s paintings and sculptures are among the most recognizable images of contemporary art in Southeast Asia. They feature a variety of images and styles, including hyper realism, cartoons, and even graffiti. This style of his is seen as a metaphor for the multifaceted national identity of the Philippines.

Pintô International features contemporary Filipino artists in Milan

In Milan, Filipino art organization Pintô International presents “Living Earth: Contemporary Philippine Art” at Milan’s cultural organization MAC. This exhibit seeks to bridge the distinct yet interconnected national histories of the Philippines and Italy. It aims to create a dialogue of artistic exchange around different humanistic themes, including homeland, migration, and identity.

The exhibit features works of over 25 contemporary Filipino artists, and will run from May 6 until May 12.  It is co-curated by Luca Beatrice (curator of the 2009 Italian Pavilion of the Venice Biennale), and Patrick D. Flores (artistic director for the 2019 Singapore Biennale, and former curator of the 2015 Philippine Pavilion of the Venice Biennale).

The Filipino artists who will be featured in the exhibit by Pintô International are the following:

  •      Renz Baluyot
  •      A. Barrioquinto
  •      Elmer Borlongan
  •      Zean Cabangis
  •      Keb Cerda
  •      Jigger Cruz
  •      Marina Cruz
  •      Ronson Culibrina
  •      Igan D’Bayan
  •      Dale Erispe
  •      M. Andy Garcia
  •      E. Garibay
  •      Johanna Helmuth
  •      Winner Jumalon
  •      Mark Justiniani
  •      John Marin
  •      Raffy Napay
  •      Gabi Nazareno
  •      Manuel Ocampo
  •      Jayson Oliveria
  •      Jim Orencio
  •      Lee Paje
  •      Dexter Sy
  •      Rodel Tapaya
  •      Olan Ventura

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