Philippines Names Representative at the 59th Venice Art Biennale

Thursday, July 1, 2021
Philippines Names Representative at the 59th Venice Art Biennale

“All of us present, This is our gathering/Andi taku e sana, Amung taku di sana” exhibition curated by Yael Buencamino Borromeo and Arvin Jason Flores will be the country’s official representation at the prestigious event.

The Philippines has selected its representative to the 59th Venice Art Biennale in 2022. According to Philippine Arts in Venice Biennale, the “All of us present, This is our gathering/Andi taku e sana, Amung taku di sana” exhibition curated by Yael Buencamino Borromeo and Arvin Jason Flores will be the country’s official representation at the prestigious event.

It will feature artist Gerardo Tan in collaboration with musicologist Felicidad Prudente, and weaver Sammy Buhle.

The Philippine Arts in Venice Biennale statement said the Philippine exhibition “involves an interdisciplinary approach to transmitting culture with sound and textile, weaving the customary and the contemporary across the archipelago.”

“It presents a highly mediated process of generating sound, performance, image, and object,” it said.

The exhibit also “performs translation of data around culture into visual discourse, evoking Philippine traditions and ensuring their contemporary resonance through universal exchange.”

Featuring interconnectivity and heterogeneity, the exhibit will have the Speaking in Tongue component which transforms traditional chant into visual codes by way of painting.

It will also have Renderings, which will present the sound collected from weaving processes and their materialization through video, sound transcription, and textile production.

Borromeo and Flores said the title was “inspired by a [song], which is sung to express the self to participants of a gathering and dialogue.”

“The verse inspires us that through communication, we are able to continue. This is the function of art, to express our humanity through diversity,” they said.

The exhibit will be mounted at the Philippine Pavilion in Venice, Italy, and will be open to the public from April 23 to Nov. 27, 2022.

This is the country’s fourth official participation at the Venice Art Biennale and the seventh consecutive participation at the Venice Biennale for both art and architecture since 2015.

The sustained Philippine participation in Venice Art and Architecture Biennale is a collaborative undertaking of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), and the Office of Deputy Speaker and Rep. Loren Legarda.

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