Art Fair PH 2022 marries old and new
One of the highlights of this year’s edition is the interactive augmented reality (AR) art trail named after the artwork Aparisyon (Apparition) by Leeroy New.
For the first time since 2020, Art Fair Philippines – one of the most anticipated art events in the country – will hold a physical exhibition alongside its online edition. In addition, the fair, which was held annually at Link Carpark, will move to Ayala Triangle Gardens, still in Makati City.
A total of 46 local and international exhibitors will present works of art in their respective physical locations and in online viewing rooms on the fair’s website.
Filipino exhibitors this year include 1335Mabini, Altro Mondo Gallery, Art Cube Gallery, Art Elaan, Art For Space, Art Underground, Art Verite Gallery, Artery Art Space, Avellana Art Gallery, Boston Art Gallery, CANVAS, District Gallery, Eskinita Gallery , Galerie Roberto, Galerie Stephanie, Grounded Holistic Arts and Culture Studio, J Studio, Kaida Contemporary, León Gallery, Luzviminda, Modeka, MONO8 Gallery, Paseo Art Gallery, Pinaglabanan X, Qube Gallery, Salcedo Private View, Secret Fresh, Silverlens, Strange Fruit, The Crucible Gallery, Tin-aw, Metro Gallery, White Walls Gallery and Ysobel Art Gallery.
Six international galleries – Art Agenda (Singapore/Jakarta), Gajah Gallery (Singapore/Yogyakarta), Mayoral (Paris/Barcelona), Yavuz Gallery (Singapore/Sydney), Gallery Kogure (Tokyo) and YOD Gallery (Osaka) — and two NFT galleries – A/terhen and Cyber Baat – will also present exhibitions.
The fair has always sought to provide a platform for artistic practices beyond recognized urban art centers. This year, several groups of artists from the three main island groups of the Philippines will join the fair for a section devoted to regional emphasis. These exhibitors are: Ibagiw Art Fest x Gallery 2600 (Luzon), VIVA ExCon Dasun Bacolod x Orange Project (Visayas), Langgikit x Museo De Oro x Art Portal Gallery (Mindanao) and Lawig-diwa x Gallery Down South (Mindanao) .
Exhibition curator Norman Crisologo
As the world opens up to more activity, Art Fair Philippines strongly encourages its visitors to take the time to visit its exhibitors’ physical spaces and experience live art.
In collaboration with art consultant Norman Crisologo and exhibition designer Ed Lacson, Art Fair Philippines will present art installations in the Ayala Tower One Fountain area for the ArtFairPH/Projects section.
Featured artists in 2022 will include a special exhibition of works by the late Arô Soriano and renowned social realist Nune Alvarado, among others.
A special project introduces the Filipino public to the inflatable sculpture by Russian artist Sasha Frolova.
The ArtFairPH/Photo section of the fair is also part of the physical exhibition. Curated by Neal Oshima, Michael Salientes, Mark Nicdao and Gio Panlilio, this section will explore the exhibition titled “Tattoos, Ternos and Couture, A Celebration of Philippine Fashion Photography”.
Art Fair Philippines’ cinema section will also be set up in the Ayala Triangle Gardens. This year, the ArtFairPH/Film section will feature works by New York-based New Media artist Jeremy Couillard, including his new film “There Is No Up Or Down, Only Attraction” (2022) which explores curious creatures through galactic vistas, pixelated game maps and streetscapes.
Exhibition designer Ed Lacson Jr.
Augmented reality, digital meets physical
For this year’s edition, Art Fair Philippines invites its guests to follow an interactive augmented reality (AR) artistic journey in the gardens of the Ayala triangle using the Daata AR application.
Named after the work Aparisyon (Apparition) by Leeroy New, this AR Art Trail examines the timeless nature of storytelling through words and images, inspired by the thriving speculative fiction of the Philippines.
Organized by the digital platform Daata, this digital and physical show offers the opportunity to discover groundbreaking artists and recently commissioned works of art by artist New and author Eliza Victoria.
Aparisyon brings to life the sculptures the artist has created from discarded plastic bottles during the pandemic. Meanwhile, Victoria’s story “Let Me Hold Your Hand” is inspired by tropes of portal fantasy and local folk tales of people getting lost in enchanted realms.
Art Fair Philippines will open on March 23 and run through April 1 with physical exhibitions held in the Ayala Triangle Gardens and Galleries. Online exhibitions and other activities will also be accessible on www.artfairphilippines.com.