Photography in focus at the Art Fair

ASIDE from the gallery shows and special exhibits, Art Fair Philippines presents ArtFairPH/Talks, a series of lectures to provide fair visitors opportunities to deepen their exposure to various topics that will enhance art appreciation. The talks will be held at the 5th floor of The Link car park, Ayala Center. Following is the schedule of talks:
Feb. 22
“The Thinking Behind the Making,” 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. — A conversation among artists about their processes using their projects at Art Fair Philippines 2019 as exemplars or take-off points. Visual artist Prof. Leo Abaya of the University of the Philippines Fine Arts Department moderates the discussion featuring Ryan Villamael, Oca Villamiel, Ian Fabro, Christina Quisumbing Ramilo, Olivia d’Aboville, MM Yu, and Liv Vinluan.
“Tax 101: Taxes for Artists and Creatives,” 2-4 p.m. — A discussion on taxes and related issues for individuals who create intellectual property. The participants are legal consultants in the creative industries — Anton Bengzon, Rommel Santiago, and BJ Palattao.
“Selfies and Celebrities: The Portrait from Van Gogh to Warhol,” 5-7 p.m. Since the late 19th century, artists from Vincent Van Gogh to Andy Warhol have mined the expressive potential of portraiture. The lecture is presented by art historian and curator, Dr. Kathryn Calley Galitz and also features the work of contemporary painters and photographers who similarly push the boundaries of the genre. Dr. Galitz is author of The Metropolitan Museum of Art: Masterpiece Paintings. There will be a book signing from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at the Art Bar.
Feb. 23
“The Value of Pictures,” 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Katya Guerrero, founder of photography archive LUZVIMINDA, moderates a discussion on the urgency to research Philippine photography and the different reasons why it is important. Participants in the discussion are Jay Javier of Fotofabrik, Wawi Navarroza of Thousandfold, Rachel Rillo of Silverlens, and Prof. Francis Fausto Tady of the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde Photography Department.
“Domènec Montserrat In Conversation With Carlomar Arcangel Daoana,” 2-4 p.m. — Domènec Montserrat, a conceptual artist from Barcelona, offers a penetrating and critical approach to the effects of architecture on community life. His exhibit titled Not Here, Not Anywhere tours Manila through the Museum of Contemporary Art Barcelona and the Ateneo Art Gallery and features installation and multimedia works giving an overview of his artistic practice for the past three decades. Mr. Montserrat uses modernist architecture and city planning as starting points to tease out issues related to the politics of urban development and its social impact on its stakeholders. Carlomar Arcangel Daoana is a poet and an art critic.
“The Art of Fernando Botero,” 5-7 p.m. Felipe Botero will be giving a talk filled with intimate insights into the renowned Colombian artist, Fernando Botero, his grandfather. He will discuss working with his grandfather, and the aesthetic convictions that underlie his grandfather’s artistic style and the evolution of his manner of painting, drawing and sculpting.
“Into the He(art) of the Art Market, A Performance Art Auction by Judy Freya Sibayan and Lyra Garcellano,” 7:30 to 9 p.m. A parody of art auctions, works by Damien Hirst, Yoko Ono, Gilbert and George, Michel Foucault, Ed Ruscha, Walid Raad, Christian Boltanski, Dayanita Singh, and Yona Friedman commissioned by Le point d’ironie, edited by Hans Ulrich Obrist and published by agnès b. into artist pages will be auctioned not for monetary bids but for other valuable things in one’s life such as “the right to breathe clean air” or “the right to protest” or “the desire to have 20K followers in IG.” There will be a Q&A after the auction. The complete set of works to be auctioned and the protocols on the auction process will be posted on @performanceartagency. Lyra Garcellano, a visual artist who presents her output as installations, paintings, moving images, comics, writing and publishing. Judy Freya Sibayan is a performance artist.
Feb. 24
“Drawing Insights,” 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Prof. Ma. Victoria Herrera will be talking about Mauro “Malang” Santos, for whom drawing was a daily task and the backbone to his art process. Starting off from Malang’s collection of drawings, this session will reveal how this art form has served as a valuable means towards figuration as well as abstraction.
“Nonon Padilla and Judy Freya Sibayan In Conversation On The Art Practice of Ray Albano,” 2-4 p.m. Curator, artist and critic Ray Albano began working at the Cultural Center of the Philippines Art Museum in 1970 and was museum director until his demise in 1985. Nonon Padilla took over the directorship in 1986 developed a 10-year plan continuing Albano’s work and in his honor renamed the CCP Museum to Contemporary Art Museum of the Philippines (CAMP). Sibayan worked with Albano from 1976 to 1977 and in 1987 was appointed director of CAMP. Both were awarded the CCP 13 Artist Grant during Albano’s time and took part in exhibitions he curated. The three were friends. Padilla and Sibayan will talk on Albano’s short but prolific and remarkable life of art making.
“A Conversation on David Medalla With Adam Nankervis, Purissima Benitez-Johannot and Daniel Kupferberg,” 5-7 p.m. From a global perspective, David Medalla is probably the best known and respected artist from the Philippines, if not the region. Adam Nankervis, David Medalla’s long-time collaborator, Purissima Benitez-Johannot, co-author and editor of The Art and Life of David Medalla, and Daniel Kupferberg, archivist of The Archive Project in Berlin (of David Medalla’s works) talk about his extensive body of work — ranging from painting to performance to kinetic art to any of its exquisite combinations — for more than half a century.