2 DECEMBER 2014 - 28 JANUARY 2015


The UP Vargas Museum (UPVM) and Japan Foundation Manila (JFM) present Forces at Work, an exhibition organized by emerging curators from the Philippines and Japan involving artists from the different artworlds in Asia. The exhibition opens on December 2, 2014, Tuesday at 6:00PM. Performances by Axel Pinpin Propaganda Machine, Derek Tumala and Bobby Balingit start at 7:00PM. The opening reception is preceded by an artists’ walkthrough at 4:30PM.
Forces at Work comprises curatorial projects from selected participants of the Curatorial Development Program, a workshop initiated by UPVM and JFM every two years since 2009. The four chosen curators this year were Con Cabrera, Merv Espina, Ricky Francisco and Mayumi Hirano. The program included curatorial workshops by Patrick Flores of Vargas Museum, Mami Kataoka of the Mori Art Museum and Yukie Kamiya of the Hiroshima Museum of Contemporary Art. Together with their counterparts in Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand, the four curators were invited to a short-term residency in Japan, visiting cultural institutions, museums, galleries, and independent artist-run spaces in Yokohama, Nagoya, Kanazawa, Hiroshima, Fukuoka and Tokyo. This project is part of a larger program of Japan Foundation’s Run & Learn: New Curatorial Constellations with the next generation of curators from the Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, and Japan.
In Forces at Work, the curators’ projects address the myriad forces shaping social life: Cabrera traces oppression and protest in history; Espina explores the art market as site of political economies; Francisco focuses on catastrophe and the poetic responses to it; Hirano delves into the process of negotiation between local beliefs and scientific knowledge. As a whole, the exhibit explores the tensions between these competing forces and how they form not only the foundations of society but also our own realities.


To request more information, please send an email to vargasmuseum@up.edu.ph

Installation Photos

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