One of the most prolific and active contemporary artists of Manila today, Yason Banal has been exhibiting continuously and constantly while experimenting in different genres. He pauses to chat with Planting Rice in between exhibiting and teaching experimental cinema at the local University.
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Leo Valledor, who plays a crucial part in the Park Place group (New York) in the 1960's, speaks about the inspired lives and times of the collective, how he identifies his practice in the locus California and New York as well as the dynamism inherent in shapes, color and dimensionality. (Text and images courtesy of Togonon Gallery and Copyright Valledor Estate, 2011)
In 2009, Dayang Yraola created a research which explored models of art projects and artist initiatives in Manila, particularly through artists run spaces, creative artist dynamics and the art market within the Philippines. Below is the paper which explored crucial links to the current art scene in Manila.
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Maria Cruz has been living and working in Australia, Manila and Berlin. She discusses her navigation among these places and highlights their artistic climate in terms of education, production and the community's involvement. The painterly practice that informs even her video and installative works is likewise addressed in this correspondence. Through the other questions, Maria expresses a kinship between artists with whom she shares a mutual respect to.
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Nobuo Takamori is a Taipei-based independent curator and is also the co-founder of the curatorial group Outsiders Factory. Here, he provides the first insightful overview of the rise of independent spaces vis-a-vis the political shifts in Taiwan from the 1980's onwards. Nobuo has also provided a generous list of art spaces in Taiwan. This list is included in the article as an open resource.
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