@HOME: Navigating Domestic Spaces

30 September to 30 October 2021
UP Vargas Museum

The UP Vargas Museum invites everyone to the virtual opening of @HOME: Navigating Domestic Spaces on 30 September, Thursday at 6PM via vargasmuseum.org. As the year passes, with quarantine protocols imposed and restrictions still present, experiences revolving around the home have become ever more relevant.

Curated by the 3rd batch of work-from-home interns of the UP Vargas Museum, @Home: Navigating Domestic Spaces features art works from the museum’s permanent art collection, as well as contemporary works from invited artists and the interns themselves, exploring narratives and highlighting different facets of the home in the context of the pandemic.

In this exhibition, three aspects of home are explored: home as a place of solitude; community; and activity. All works of art will be presented mainly at UP Vargas Museum’s website, vargasmuseum.org.

@HOME: Navigating Domestic Spaces runs until October 30.

@HOME: Navigating Domestic Spaces will be virtually on view on the social media platforms of the Vargas Museum; like us on Facebook via https://fb.me/vargasmuseum.upd, and follow us on Instagram and Twitter via @upvargasmuseum. For more information, please send an email to vargasmuseum@up.edu.ph.


Tia Avila is a visual artist with a degree in humanities from the University of Asia and the Pacific and is currently enrolled in the painting program of the University of the Philippines College of Fine Arts. Her background in the humanities imbues her works which explore both internal and external realities of individuals. She likes to go through the natural instinctual grooves of her distinct and singular subject. The artist has participated in over six art exhibitions at the UA&P National Arts Month 2019, UP College of Fine Arts TUGON 2021, and Parts and Parcels at the Arte Bettina Gallery, among others.

Maica Borlagdan is a visual artist currently majoring in painting at the University of the Philippines College of Fine Arts. Her works revolve around images of animals, rats, dirt, to name a few, depicted in minimal compositions. She likes to explore throughout the creative process; hence, her works are a product of trial and error. Since 2019 she has participated in over 6 group exhibitions. The artist has also been a finalist for the Shell National Students Art Competition 2019, a semi-finalist for the Metrobank MADE Painting competition 2019, and the University of Santo Tomas On-The-Spot painting competition 2020, and shortlisted in the Philippine Art Awards 2019.

Noah Uychoco is a jiu-jitsu athlete and freelance artist of the University of the Philippines College of Fine Arts painting program who ventures in traditional and multimedia art. In his works, feelings of hope and positivity are emphasized by playing with shadows and intense colors. He has participated in two art exhibitions and was a finalist for the Shell National Students Art Competition in 2019 and shortlisted at the Government Service Insurance System Art Competition this year.


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chat about the exhibition on Discord
Listen to home soundscapes in Bandcamp


Ryan Cacho is a graduating student of BA Art Studies (Interdisciplinary – Education) in University of the Philippines-Diliman. His research interests are primarily focused on artistic reception and mediation in the contemporary framework. Apart from writing, he is also active in the production aspect of music and visual arts.

Doms Cordero is a 3rd year BA Anthropology student from the University of the Philippines Diliman. Their advocacies revolve around gender awareness, peace education, and indigenous peoples’ rights. They hope to explore the potential of museums as a site for the conduct of visual ethnographic research, especially on the aforementioned themes.

Corinne Garcia is a feminist cultural worker based in Quezon City who is currently taking a second degree at the University of the Philippines Diliman on Studio Arts. Her art practice reflects on the intersection of nature, bodies, patterns, and time. Her works have been exhibited and published through the Puón Tadiar Library, The Brown Orient Journal, HEIGHTS Ateneo, Kiat Kiat Projects, and most recently the Ateneo Art Gallery as a recipient of the Marciano Galang Acquisition Prize.

JC Garcia is a multidisciplinary visual artist looking to explore the different realms of art. He is in his fourth year of taking up Bachelor in Fine Arts in CIIT College of Arts in Technology-Kamuning. A jack of all trades seeking to master different disciplines in preparation to pursue teaching in the future. Currently, he practices graphic design, traditional art, and digital painting.

Sarah Imao is a third-year BA Art Studies (Interdisciplinary) major in the University of the Philippines Diliman. Taking up philosophy as her related discipline, she is interested in how both fields relate to each other. Apart from this, her research interests include contemporary art, new media, and curation.

Lk Rigor is currently in her second semester in the MA Art Studies program in University of the Philippines-Diliman. Coming from a technical background (BS Computer Engineering in Mapúa University), she is now pursuing Curatorial Studies to explore the intersection between art, curation, and technology.

Maja Sollegue is a visual artist-activist majoring in BFA Art History at the University of the Philippines Diliman. As an artist , she currently finds herself leaning towards the ephemeral arts–from archiving dried flowers to making propaganda materials for mass mobilizations. As an aspiring art historian, her research interests include Philippine protest/revolutionary art and women’s art history.

Hadrian Vaydal is a third-year BA Philippine Studies (Panitikan ng Pilipinas – Art Studies) student from the University of the Philippines-Diliman. After having formal training in theater and performing arts, he now ventures into the literary arts and criticism.