Art Inspires is a series of dialogues with artists, curators, scholars, and writers with a focus on the artistic process and experience in reference to an artist’s work or body of works featured in ongoing exhibitions and educational programs at the museum. Join in on engaging conversations on art in an evolving environment!
The second installation of the Art Inspires series was an online screening and artists’ talkback with Josephine Turalba and Angel Velasco Shaw, in conversation with Mercedes Tolentino, the curator of “In Full View: The Metropolitan Museum of Manila Collection”. The event featured the experimental collaborative video Mother Load.
Josephine Turalba and Angel Velasco Shaw
Metropolitan Museum of Manila Collection
Turalba assumes the character of a mythical half-human and half-bird, the kinari, who returns to her motherland as an ‘extraterrestrial goddess-heroine’, finding her nation in chaos and disarray. The setting for the piece is the Spanish outpost and gunpowder depot, Fort San Antonio Abad. The Fort, now in ruins, remains a symbolic site; this is where the American flag was first raised in 1898, after the Americans had occupied Manila. The Fort is located inside the complex of Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (Central Bank of the Philippines) in Malate, Manila.
Series 3: INTO THE ABYSSAL ZONE features 'Invasion of Ona' and the works of Ernest Concepcion. The artist's highly illustrative body of works draws from the visual narratives of comics, sci-fi, and fantasy genres, as well as the broader speculative worlds of geek culture, which often spotlights conflicting forces in intense, heightened conditions, and our personal and existential relationship with the unknown. Geek-culture media and artforms, which spiked alongside the development of technology, continue to expand in our increasingly digital world, yet they remain overlooked in discourses about contemporary art.
In Full View: The Metropolitan Museum of Manila Collection features selected works from the museum collection gathered over time through the generous donation of MET Museum’s friends and patrons. The exhibition presents a veritable narrative of the development of Philippine art in recent years, with works by modern and contemporary artists from the Philippines and abroad.
The exhibition seeks to further expand the museum’s presence and sense of place among its audience, through the lens of its art collections that speak of stories about its education programs, strong linkages with schools and other institutions, and engagements with artists through exhibitions and workshops. The connection between the community and the MET is intimate, reciprocal, and enduring throughout the years.