Seven international contemporary women artists, along with Filipino independent curator Lian Ladia, open avenues for dialogue about gender and society in the exhibition “You Have Every Right”.
On display until 20 April 2013 at one of the country’s most prestigious university museums, the Ateneo Art Gallery, seven women artists recreate memories and experiences of Manila in a selection of videos, paintings, photographs, installations and performances.
The artists featured in the show were
- Maria Cruz (Berlin/Sydney/Manila)
- Lizza May David (Berlin/Manila)
- Tracey Moffatt (Sydney/New York)
- Claudia Del Fierro (Chile/Sweden)
- Annika Eriksson (Berlin/Sweden)
- Lilibeth Cuenca Rasmussen (Copenhagen)
- and Kiri Dalena (Manila)
Having ranked eighth on the global scale of gender equality by the World Economic Forum this year, Manila, the capital of the Philippines, became a platform for discourse on how, as Ladia notes in her curatorial statement, the “personal becomes political”. With different countries of origin, each artist delved into studies of institutions of power and the issues surrounding the identity of being a woman in the contemporary age, specifically in relation to Manila.
What the exhibition focuses on is a kind of introspection, where the artists are invited to participate in the ‘now’, what is present, what is relevant to their own lives and respective surroundings. All the artists in the exhibition submitted works engaged with thoughts about Manila in relation to their own personal works and pursuits… What this exhibition presents is a process which is more about doing and creating, rather than proposing, suggesting or theorising. It is more pro-active and collaborative notion in exhibition making, where there is no right and wrong, left or right, where things are provided according to the needs of the artists, and participants, for the success of their own projects, thereby also providing a level of success for the rest of the participants. The audience, artists and organisers where invited to engage, and discover (even if for the first time), without restrictions, to push an idea, curiosity, question or intuition, exploring one’s own every right – and one’s own power and ability, to just DO.
– Lian Ladia, curator, “You Have Every Right” (from curatorial text for exhibition)
Prior to the exhibition, a month-long residency was sponsored by the host university, the research center ALIWW (The Ateneo Library of Women’s Writings) and several independent, artist-run spaces: Green Papaya Art Projects, 98B and Light and Space Contemporary, among others. A series of lectures and round-table discussions were also arranged in these spaces.
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