ARTIST RESIDENCY PHILIPPINES KOREA
“We Was There” was the product of an alliance between four Filipino and seven Korean artists who, after spending time in both the Philippines and South Korea, created paintings, installations and sculptures that sought to reinterpret and revisit views of society based on cultural similarities and differences.
The show was a continuation of “Reflections“, an international exchange residency which is part of the NEAR (Neo-Emerging Artist Residency) Project and was put on view at the Yuchengco Museum in Makati City, Manila. The venture was made possible through the collaborative efforts of Incheon Foundation for Arts and Culture, Dangsan Studio, Project Space Pilipinas, Art Space Plastic, Incheon Metropolitan City, and Yuchengco Museum.
The prologue to the exhibition catalogue states the project’s vision:
Through these exchanges, this exhibition not only presents the art pieces of the individual artists involved, but also puts on display collaborative art pieces which extend beyond an artist’s individual style and genre of art. The “Reflections” exhibition takes a big step forward in building a solid foundation upon which to continue the establishment of a network for young artists in the Philippines (Manila) and Korea (Incheon); the NEAR Project is committed to continue its pursuit of promoting international cultural art exchanges between other nations.
‘Ulingan’ was named after the name of an isolated area of Manila [called] Ulingan Tondo. Ulingan Tondo, located in northeast of Manila, is [a] poverty-stricken region. The region itself exists in reality, but it is not shown on the map. … The artists found the ‘meaning of happiness’ on the faces of the inhabitants and their children, even in the wretched circumstances of charcoal smoke.
-“Reflections” exhibition catalogue
They say that the moonlight glimmers on the water when we cup it with our hands and when we hold flowers in our hands the fragrance gets onto our clothes. The moon is a distant celestial body, far far away, but when we take up the water from the stream with our hands we experience an ecstatic sensation from the glimmer of the moonlight. Like the sensation of seeing the moonlight on the night seas in Suvic, we can see another world in the shimmering reflection. As the moon is shimmering on the surface of the waters, our wish is for this moonlight to scatter and reach all our hearts.
-“Reflections” exhibition catalogue
Participating artists included Jayeon Kwon, Jinsuk Che, Junhee Han, Byungsung Koh, Soyoung Lee, Juyeon Lee and Soyeon Park from Korea, and Christopher Zamora, Leslie de Chavez, Carlo Gabuco and Michael Adrao from the Philippines.
The Neo-Emerging Artist Residency (NEAR) Project, which is spearheaded by Project Space Pilipinas, is aimed at establishing connections between Asian and non-Asian artists in order to open up more opportunities for artistic collaboration.
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