Gendered Bodies at the Met Museum

THE exhibit Gendered Bodies in Southeast Asia opens on Jan. 26, at the Metropolitan Museum of Manila, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Complex, Roxas Blvd., Manila. The exhibit pays tribute to female artists from Southeast Asia as pioneers in advancing art’s transformative role in contemporary societies, and as educators of artistic communities. A collaborative curatorial initiative of Filipino curator Tessa Maria Guazon and Taiwanese curator Fang-Tze Hsu, this exhibit addresses contemporary precarity through a trans-generational effort, initiating dialogues with a younger generation of artists, who continue these endeavors with new aesthetic languages. Admission for adults and students is P100 while senior citizens and PWDs pay P80. Audio Guides available at the museum front desk.

SABI moves to Globe Art Gallery

A WORK by Wataru Sakuma

PRESENTED by the Hiraya Gallery, Wataru Sakuma’s SABI exhibit has been moved to the Globe Art Gallery at the Globe Tower, Taguig. The exhibit will run until Jan. 31. Known for his intricate organic pulp art, Japanese artist Wataru Sakuma has lived in the Philippines for 15 years as a designer for Masa Ecological Development Inc. (Masaeco) — a Japanese pulp- and forest-products company in Tagaytay. Mr. Sakuma’s recent works are characterized by his continuous experimentation and exploration of two seemingly opposite materials: paper and metal powder. Drawing from the theme of memory evoked by his mother who is suffering from dementia, the artist attempts to capture the duration of time using the natural process of rusting and aging, as well as the beauty hidden behind aging that unfolds as time passes by. Paper with pure natural fiber represents purity and beginning, while metal and rusting represent aging and time duration.