Art Fair Philippines celebrates 10 years this 2023
In 2022, Art Fair Philippines started integrating both digital and physical elements to showcase the country’s flourishing contemporary art scene. The new tradition continues this 2023 with a hybrid experience celebrating 10 years of the country’s premier art fair.
Art enthusiasts, mark your calendars for February 17 to 19, as Art Fair Philippines returns to The Link carpark in Makati, transforming the space into a multi-level art exhibition venue. And here’s a treat! The 2023 edition will feature a new biophilic design to give fairgoers a refreshed fair experience in an organically designed setting.
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Grab your barkada, go on a ~cultural~ first date, maybe even take yourself out and explore this year’s Art Fair Philippines. Don’t forget to snap a quick photo, or two, for the ‘gram!
Line-up of exhibitors at Art Fair Philippines 2023
This year, Art Fair Philippines welcomes 63 exhibitors from the Philippines and overseas. The participating exhibitors from the Philippines are 1335/Mabini, Anakbanwa Creative Residency Project, Art Cube, Art Elaan, Art for Space, Art Lounge Manila, Art Underground, Art Verité, Artery Art Space, Boston Art Gallery, CANVAS, Early Light, FIFTH WALL FEST, FotomotoPH, GALERIA PALOMA, Galerie Stephanie, Gravity Art Space, isTorya Studios, J Studio, Jes Aznar, Kaida Contemporary, KalawakanSpacetime, KANTINA, Kapitan Kulam, León Gallery, Lunang Mentoring Program, Mark Lewis Higgins, METRO Gallery, MONO8, Mugna Gallery + Foundation University DAFA, no space, Orange Project, Paint Bukog, Paseo Art Gallery, Pintô Art Museum, Qube Gallery, Secret Fresh Gallery, SILVERLENS, Sitting Room Studios, Sulyap Gallery by Tahanan Pottery, Super Duper Gallery, TARZEER PICTURES, The Crucible, Tom Epperson, TRIANGULUM, Tin-aw Art Projects, Village Art Gallery, White Walls Gallery and Ysobel Art Gallery.
Mugna Gallery + Foundation University DAFA
The Philippines’ leading galleries will be joined by a wider roster of foreign galleries including Art Agenda (Singapore and Jakarta), Artemis Art (Malaysia), Gallery Kogure (Japan), Kobayashi Gallery (Japan), Cayón (Spain), GALLERY SCENA (Japan), La Lanta Fine Art (Thailand), Nunu Fine Art (Taiwan), Gajah Gallery (Singapore), Vin Gallery (Vietnam), Yavuz Gallery (Singapore and Australia) and YOD Gallery (Japan).
Several art groups from the three main island clusters of the Philippines will also join the fair for a section that provides a regional focus. These exhibitors are no Space (Luzon), Orange Project (Visayas) and Panit Bukog (Mindanao).
Art Fair Philippines introduces a new section that focuses on digital media, work that incorporates and engages with computer technology, animation, virtual or augmented reality, the metaverse and Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs).
The section highlights two special exhibits featuring Filipino digital artists making waves in the global digital art sphere. New York-based Skye Nicolas presents Frequencies of Nostalgia, while Mark Inducil, who currently lives and works in Melbourne, mounts Homecoming.
These special exhibits are curated by CryptoArtPH artists Bjorn Calleja and Jopet Arias.
ArtFairPH/Projects and ArtFairPH/Photo Special Exhibits
One highlight of the fair, ARTFAIRPH/PROJECTS, will showcase work commissioned especially for the fair from artists who have made an impact both critically and commercially. For this year, Art Fair Philippines works once again with art consultant Norman Crisologo.
Rosario Bitanga (photo by Jojo Gloria for Art Fair Philippines)
Pow Martinez (photo by Jojo Gloria for Art Fair Philippines)
Mark Andy Garcia (photo by Jojo Gloria for Art Fair Philippines)
Yeo Kaa (photo by Jojo Gloria for Art Fair Philippines)
Photographer Wawi Navarroza’s series of striking self-portraits, which also feature in a current survey of Southeast Asian photography at the National Gallery of Singapore, come together for As Wild As We Come for this year’s ArtFairPH/Photo section.
Other special projects for the fair are a special exhibition by Indonesian artist Yunizar, with YUNIZAR: New Perspectives, and works by German painter, sculptor and object artist Peter Zimmerman.
Pioneering female abstractionist, Rosario Bitanga, who in her 80s still practices her art, will also showcase both old and new work in a show Rosario Bitanga: Past, Present, Participant curated by architect and art consultant Miguel Rosales.
This year, the fair pays tribute to two art world personalities, Norma Liongoren (Liongoren Gallery) and Albert Avellana (Avellana ArtGallery), who recently passed away, leaving their mark on the local art scene with the groundbreaking work of their galleries.
The fair will exhibit works from this year’s batch of artists who have completed artist residencies in various parts of the country: IC Jaucian for Manila Observatory, Nicolei Gupit for Linangan Art Residency, Aaron Kaiser Garcia for Emerging Islands, ESL Chen and Jonathan Baldonado for Orange Project and James Clar for Butanding Barrio. Launched in 2021 in partnership with Bleeding Heart Rum Corporation, makers of Don Papa Rum, ArtFairPH/Residencies is open to all Filipino artists across all disciplines.
Learning at #ArtFairPH
ArtFairPH/Talks provides fair visitors opportunities to deepen their exposure to various topics that will enhance art appreciation.
ArtFairPH/Talks, created in partnership with the Ateneo Art Gallery and Museum Foundation of the Philippines, will continue to offer learning opportunities for Art Fair Philippines visitors with a variety of lectures, panel discussions and artists’ talks.
Augmenting the learning opportunities at the fair is ArtFairPH/Workshops, which focuses this year on digital art, organized with our educational partner Tezos and its Asian arm, TZAPAC. Attend their workshops to find out how to onboard as a digital artist and learn more about our local crypto art scene.
Art Fair Philippines 2023 will also continue to present ArtFairPH/Film. The Ateneo Art Gallery curates this year’s program with two evenings of compelling selections.
In Alternative Cinema: History, Theory and Practice, renowned filmmaker and film historian Nick Deocampo presents an overview of the development of alternative cinema in the Philippines. The second night of screenings will feature a selection of lumbung films, featured for DOCUMENTA 15 in Kassel, Germany. The lineup for the second film evening is co-organized with Resbak and Lost Frames.
10 Days of Art and the Gallery Weekend
Also complementing the fair is the 10 Days of Art initiative, running from February 10 to 19. This series of events around the Makati Central Business District—with participation by galleries, museums, bars, restaurants and retail establishments—celebrates art beyond the venue of the fair.
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Gallery Weekend, from February 10 to 12, kicks off 10 Days of Art. For schedule and updates, visit www.10daysofart.com.
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Fair tickets can be purchased in advance at www.artfairphilippines.com. Tickets will also be available at the reception area of Art Fair Philippines from February 17 to 19.
For more information, visit the Art Fair Philippines website and follow Art Fair Philippines on Instagram (@artfairph) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/artfairph).
Photos Art Fair Philippines
Art Macky Arquilla