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Reimagining the Urna: A Review of Urna 2.0 | Wilfredo Offemaria, Jr.

Christianity is a religion filled with, and built on significations. The Bible and the Eucharist—for instance—two among the religion’s most central traditions, hold and employ narratives and rituals, which resist from being understood at a superficial level. They demand an examination and interpretation of a critical eye to reveal the deeper and sublime meanings they […]

Negotiating the Postcolonial: Land of the Morning – The Philippines and Its People

In contrast with the antecedent international exhibitions which attempted—or at least, claimed to attempt—to present the image of the Philippines and its peoples to the world, Asian Civilisations Museum’s Land of the Morning: The Philippines and Its People, and its accompanying publication have reached great lengths in terms of portraying an inclusive image of the […]

Towards Paradise: A Review of For She Loved Fiercely, and She is Well-Loved (2010) by Geraldine Javier

Although a painter by training, Geraldine Javier, a prolific Filipina artist and awardee of the Thirteen Artist Awards of the Cultural Center of the Philippines on 2003, is known for her works making use of a variety of materials — largely organic ones, such as threads, feathers, twigs, and other dead natural specimen. Through the use of […]

Layer Upon Layer: A Review of Arin Sunaryo, Maria Taniguchi, Patricia Perez Eustaquio

Although employing different styles and formats, the works of the featured two Filipino artists — Maria Taniguchi and Patricia Perez Eustacio, joined by the works of Indonesian artist Arin Sunaryo, seem to converge at a singular theme: that the repeated process of placing layers upon the existing layers in their works operates as a metaphor, depicting their continuous accumulation of […]

Unsteady Homes: A Review of Passage III | Alfredo and Isabel Aquilizan

This quarter’s exhibition at the Singapore Art Museum, entitled Odyssey: Navigating Nameless Seas, is dedicated to the selected artists’ explorations of the elements of water bodies, and their historical and contemporary connotations. From being the motherly space where all lifeforms originated to being the ravenous space whose waves consume ships that attempt to cross over, the ocean had always been the […]