Points of Origin

Curated by Coralie Claeysen-Gleyzon
February 13 - July 1, 2023

After a decade as a creator of iconic artworks worldwide, USA-based Filipino-American artist JEFRË turns eastward to his ancestors’ homeland, the Philippines, with Points of Origin, his very first solo museum show in the country. The homecoming exhibition is a celebration of the monumentality of the artist’s accomplishments, and a way of connecting his two facets, his two homes: that of his origins and the home of his American dream.

The exhibition is “a seminal moment in his art career. It is an exciting project and especially meaningful for JEFRË as it will be his first time exhibiting his work in a museum setting in his homeland. The significance of bringing his art across borders, to his place of origin, where his story ultimately began, is both humbling - like that of a child going home, but also a source of pride, and a moment of sheer joy and celebration." The exhibition oscillates between the personal and the universal. JEFRË has communicated seamlessly across various cultures via his art, relentlessly investigating what makes us universally human and what it means to be in between, from here and from there, once more connecting the dots, from point to point.

Points of Origin is presented by the Metropolitan Museum of Manila in partnership with Philippine Airlines, with additional support from Megawide Corporation and Asian Tigers Philippines.