Each of the artists – young and upcoming to emerging artists – has her or his own poetic sensibility to show different urban questions concerning the everyday minutiae of the city, our city, the city of of bawal.
No jaywalking. No trespassing. No littering. No loitering. No loading and unloading. No parking. No U-turn. No texting and driving. No drinking and driving. No entry. No guns allowed. No smoking. No illegal vendors. Not for hire. Post no bill. Do not blow horn. Obey speed limit. Do not delay. Obey god. Slow down.
Miggy Inumerable – Conditionals
Someone discarded a slipper on the street. Did she or he return home on one bare foot? What will happen to the discarded slipper? A pothole is so wide and deep, can it swallow an automobile or dead bodies whole? An ambulance is stuck in traffic, who prays for the passenger-patient to reach the hospital in time? Why do security guards yield shotguns? Do they ever have to draw their weapons? Why does it smell like piss right next to the bawal umihi signage? Who is the ‘we’ in the neon ‘in god we trust’? Who writes of revolt and revolution on the city’s walls? Who reads these messages? How to respond?
The city of bawal – the seemingly trivial and futile, the fragments… Can the city of bawal be made to stutter? And can the city of bawal be opened up to a different realm of perplexing possibilities. This becoming, stuttering becoming, is set in the messy, mesmerizing, chaotic, cacophonic city.
Jel Suarez – Haze (and Echoes) (Video Still)
The title of the exhibition is a reference to the short story Library of Babel by Argentinian writer Jorge Luis Borges, in which the narrator attempts to find meaning in what appears to be vast randomness.
Participating artists: Brisa Amir, Datu Arellano, Kristoffer Ardena, Jan Balquin, Lesley-Anne Cao, Miggy Inumerable, Czar Kristoff, Celine Lee, Cris Mora, Indy Paredes, Mark Salvatus, Jel Suarez and Jose Tong
Cris Mora – 147 Tarps in Metro Manila (Red, Green, Blue)
The exhibition opens on Saturday 27 April, 2019, at 6pm and will run until 8 June 2019 at 1335MABINI, C1B Karrivin Plaza, Chino Roces Ave Extension, 1630 Makati
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