Stormy Saturday didn’t kept me from showing up at Casa Tesoro — the seat of tribal art and antiquities in Ermita. This is upon Ms. Mai Saporsantos’ invitation for a VIP preview of 1335Mabini’s LIFE OF PERISH. A multi-media exhibit featuring the works of internationally distinguished Pinoy contemporary artists. (You read it right vee-ahy-pee preview) Funny I was just mulling over — prior to the invitation — how arts and culture has been dying out in the Malate and Ermita area. And in the process, I discovered Manila Nostalgia. It’s a gas! Plus I also came across some short fascinating details behind the chic Casa Tesoro, on how arts and antiques dealer Maria Closa toughs it out to keep the landmark alive. See what the rains can give you.
Anyway, Life of Perish runs up to October 31st. And — without further ado — let me walk you through the opuses inside the Casa.
At the Zn Gallery: EL INTRUSO/ENTREMETIDO. A group exhibition curated by Guillermo Paneque featuring works by Poklong Anading, Roberto Bellini, Anna Katrina Beltran, Roberto Chabet, Maria Cruz, David Griggs, Nilo Ilarde, Robert Langenegger, Manuel Ocampo, Jayson Oliveria, Maria Taniguchi and MM Yu, a film by Jorgen Leth, speakers and caps collected by Romeo Lee, and a selection of found objects and rumours.
B.A.R Gallery: LIFE OF PERISH. Multi-media exhibit by Yason Banal, Vic Balanon, Broke with The Sleepyheads, Lyra Garcellano, and Maya Muñoz which includes painting, video, photography, sculpture, performance, and music exploring the sublime moment of time in the construction of identity, memory, form, and pleasure.
All art requires courage. The name is boss.
My genuine thanks to Mai Saporsantos for an evening of aesthetics.