Art Fair Philippines presents 40 galleries for biggest show yet

The fair’s organizers have begun transforming three levels of The Link’s parking into a suitable space for the country’s best contemporary art

by Mio Borromeo

The fair’s organizers have begun work transforming three levels of The Link’s parking garage to become a suitable space for the country’s best contemporary art

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A piece from the Art Fair Philippines 2016 Special Exhibit of Alfredo & Isabel Aquilizan.

Set to run between February 18 and 21, Art Fair Philippines 2016 has announced its partnership with many of the Philippines’ leading art galleries, including Silverlens, MO_Space, Artinformal, and Pinto Art Gallery, to name a few. The fair will occupy three levels of The Link’s parking garage this time, including the entirety of the building’s sixth and seventh floors, marking Art Fair’s largest iteration yet.

Apart from the gallery offerings, a floor will be devoted to the fair’s educational component, ArtFairPh/Talks, a lounge-lecture theatre that will host daily talks on art history, the local and international art markets, and current practices in contemporary art. The talks will be organized by the Ateneo Art Gallery.

Simultaneously, Art Fair Philippines will organize guided tours, lectures, and special shows in various cultural centers around Metro Manila. These include a performance by Ballet Philippines based on artist Gabriel Barredo’s installation exhibit Opera at the Cultural Center of the Philippines, and art forums hosted by international auction house, Christie’s.

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Dindin Araneta, Lisa Ongpin-Periquet, and Trickie Lopa revealed the full run of activities for Art Fair Philippines 2016 at a press launch in Makati today.

Special exhibits will also highlight the impressive work of several Filipino artists, headlined by Brisbane-based husband and wife team Alfredo and Isabel Aquilizan, whose mixed media and installation work inquires into themes of home and identity. Other artists set to join them for special exhibits include Mark Justiani, At Maculangan, Raffy Napay, and Mac Valdezco.

Founded in 2013, Art Fair Philippines prides itself as the country’s premier platform for showcasing the vibrant Filipino art scene by gathering leading galleries and artists in a single space open to visitors of all sorts—art collectors, enthusiasts, students, academics, families, and even visitors from the international community. Now on its fourth year, the fair makes art accessible to those who want to discover one of Southeast Asia’s most exciting art landscapes.

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A piece from Pam Yan Santos’ Special Exhibit installation at Art Fair Philippines 2016.

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A piece from Alfredo and Isabel Aquilizan’s Special Exhibit installation for Art Fair Philippines 2016.

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Raffy T. Napay was previously featured in Rogue Magazine for his exhibit last November, See and Silence, at the Ayala Museum. Napay will also be preparing a Special Exhibit for Art Fair Philippines 2016.

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Detail of a mixed media piece to be included in Mark Justinani’s Special Exhibit at Art Fair Philippines 2016.