Feb 2023

03:00 PM - 04:30 PM
Talks Tent, Roofdeck

Tonalities of Voices from the Regions

Kawayan De Guia (no space), Errol Balcos (Panit Bukog), and Charlie Co (Orange Project) | Moderated by Boots Herrera


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Tonalities of Voices from the Regions

As the art community rallies back from the effects of the pandemic, artists and collectives share their experiences and encounters that resulted to and enriched a thriving art scene in their respective regions.

Art Fair Philippines 2023 Regional Focus Exhibitors: no space (Luzon), Orange Project (Visayas), and Panit Bukog (Mindanao) / Moderated by Boots Herrera

About the Speaker/s
Kawayan De Guia (no space)

Working across painting, installation and sculpture, Kawayan De Guia incorporates an eclectic mix of objects into his wall-based works and art projects, including Ifugao rice gods, decorative torpedo bombs, and American jukeboxes transformed into Pinoy jeepneys. His works humorously and piquantly comment on a multitude of issues, from the histories of occupation, trade and exchange that have influenced Philippine history and culture, to the relationships between community and commodities. Kawayan lives in Baguio City, a key alternative art centre to Manila, situated in the mountainous region of Cordillera in the northern central part of the island of Luzon. Like his mentors Santiago Bose, Bencab and Robert Villanueva—who were part of the Baguio Arts Guild—he is deeply embedded in Cordilleran culture and interested in the heritage and indigenous cultures of the region. Kawayan is also a curator and author of key projects presenting the artists of his community.

Errol Balcos (Panit Bukog)

Errol Balcos participated in the first edition of Panit Bukog in 2000 and has since organized its subsequent editions. He was part of the curatorial team of Panit Bukog 4 in 2019. He serves as a representative of Northern Mindanao on the visual arts committee of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts.

His current projects include public art in Bukidnon and Cagayan de Oro. His works have been shown in group exhibitions in local galleries, art festivals, and local and international museums. These include the West Gallery, Eskinita Gallery, Sungduan 5, the Ortigas Art Festival, the Yuchengco Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Manila, and the National
Museum in both Manila and Singapore. He was awarded the juror’s choice award of merit in the 2008 Philippine Art Awards and was a finalist in the 2007 Philippine Art Awards selection for Mindanao. He received a grant for an artist residency program in Angono in 2006. Balcos is formally trained in architectural drafting and is a largely self-taught artist. His
works explore social issues through a figuratively symbolic approach.

Charlie Co (Orange Project)

Charlie S. Co (b.1960, Negros) has produced more than 40 solo exhibitions since 1983, presented internationally in Australia, China, Hong Kong, Singapore and The Philippines. A mature and prolific career, Co established his own distinctive style early on, an individuality that has awarded him many accolades among them the 13 Artists Award (1990), Juror’s Choice of The 6th Philip Morris ASEAN Art Awards (1999), an Artist in Residence in Japan, China and Australia, Patnubay ng Sining at Kalinangan (Pintura) (2003), and the Dr. Jose Rizal Award for Excellence (2007). Furthermore, Co has represented the Philippines in important regional surveys including Brazil’s 23rd Sao Paulo Biennale (1996), 2nd Asia Pacific Triennial (Australia 1996), “Asian Modernism” at the Japan Foundation Asian Cultural Centre, Tokyo (1995, traveling to Bangkok and Jakarta).

Despite his successes Co’s practice has remained deeply rooted to his home of Bacolod City, where he runs and co-owns Orange Project supporting emerging Visayan talent. Co was pivotal in establishing VIVA EX-CON (Visayan Visual Art Exhibition and Conference) in 1990 and is currently the longest running biennial in the Philippines.
Through his career, Co has consistently recorded our times: socially alert, politically astute, and globally concerned. His paintings are loaded with symbols, deeply personal and allegorical with a vibrant palette and quick sketchy style. Co is also known for his multi-disciplinary works, turning to clay and mixed media, oil pastel, pen and ink and most recently, acrylic on modelling paste on canvas. Charlie Co is represented in major public collections including the Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Singapore Art Museum, Queensland Art Gallery Australia, Metropolitan Muse- um and Lopez Museum Manila, the BenCab Museum Baguio, Philippines and private collections globally.

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