ManilArt Fair 2018: Inside The Memory Maker’s Boudoir

  • October 11, 2018

The Memory Maker’s Boudoir is one of the exhibits at the ManilArt fair. It will be launched in a performance art portraying The Artist as the daughter of Mnemosyne the goddess of Memory. The setting is a boudoir, a sitting room of Mnemosyne, the divine goddess of memory, from the Grand House of Titans.

This curatorial act could allude to a present political reality or a reaction to contemporary Philippine art’s being bowdlerized to the level of expensive décor. According to Hesiod’s Theogony, Mnemosyne is also the inventor or inspirer of language, and perhaps also of science (one of her daughters, Urania, is the muse of astronomy). Mnemosyne was considered a Titan by the ancient Greeks, conveying how important the ancients deemed memory and history.

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Ben Albino, Demagago (48 x 36 inches, acrylic on canvas, 2018)
Ben Albino, Demagago (48 x 36 inches, acrylic on canvas, 2018)

Two Consciousness

The show weaves together the narrative of Mnemosyne and of the occult (Trophonius) .The chief curator of this show is the artist Gromyko Semper, who is concerned with both ultra-realities of all scientific theories as well as with the perceived realities of the past and the present. In this show, science and visions of the occult converge. Semper refers to the Sefirot as another inspiration, that marries the conscious and the unconscious, or the known and the yet unknown.

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Angelo Padilla and Isobel Francisco, Balat ng Lupa (Mixed media sculpture, 60 inches height, 2018)
Angelo Padilla and Isobel Francisco, Balat ng Lupa (Mixed media sculpture, 60 inches height, 2018)

Video and Installation

The show starts with a one-of-a-kind dress and a performance by Janella Ibay. It includes three paintings about the Void by Cozy Cozythrias, a video projection and installation about the Earth by Ali Alejandro, three paintings about Humanity by Kat Malazarte, a collaborative work including three paintings by Semper and three sculptures by Herminio Tan about Flora, a sculpture and a painting about Nature by Isobel Francisco and Angelo Padilla, one monumental sculpture about Time and Space by Padilla, three paintings about Politics by Ben John Lincod, three paintings about Fauna by Rachel Anne Lacaba, three paintings about Culture by Ginoe Ojoy, three paintings about Fashion by JC Peñaflorida, three sculptures about Science and Technology by Maria Magdamit, and three paintings about the Spiritual and the Transcendent by Roman Padilla.

ManilArt will run from on October 17 to 21, 2018, at SM Aura.

Scroll down to see more of the showcased work ManilArt’s The Memory Maker’s Budoir exhibit…

JC Penaflorida, Diwata (48 x 36 inches, acrylic on canvas, 2018)
JC Penaflorida, Diwata (48 x 36 inches, acrylic on canvas, 2018)
Angelo Padilla, The Anochromical Tome of Space and Time (Metal and Ceramoics Sculpture, 48 inches, 2018)
Angelo Padilla, The Anochromical Tome of Space and Time (Metal and Ceramoics Sculpture, 48 inches, 2018)
JC Penaflorida, Kinnari (48 x 36 inches, acrylic on canvas, 2018)
JC Penaflorida, Kinnari (48 x 36 inches, acrylic on canvas, 2018)
Cozythrias, Moment (48 x 36 inches, acrylic on canvas, 2018)
Cozythrias, Moment (48 x 36 inches, acrylic on canvas, 2018)
Rachel Ann Lacaba, Silver Lining (48 x 36 inches, acrylic on canvas, 2018)
Rachel Ann Lacaba, Silver Lining (48 x 36 inches, acrylic on canvas, 2018)
Roman Genaro Padilla, Primordial Quake (48 x 36 inches, acrylic on canvas, 2018)
Roman Genaro Padilla, Primordial Quake (48 x 36 inches, acrylic on canvas, 2018)


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