A debut of a group exhibition by contemporary Philippine artists who are currently making their marks on the Southeast Asian art scene. “Displacement” draws on the artists’ studio work created during the time of the pandemic lockdown when their status quo was acutely challenged.
With more than 100 days of lockdown in Manila, it is undeniable to observe the unconscious transfer of intense emotion from the uncontrollable event of the pandemic onto the canvas. The immediate suspension of social interaction leads each artist to evaluate their own identity and their relationship with the world. In the “Displacement” exhibition, it is apparent to view the displacement of each artist’s emotional response in varying degrees of intensity.
The exhibition “Displacement” offers viewers a glimpse of art practices by contemporary Philippine artists from abstract expressionism by Ana Victoria Montinola to Pop Art inspired by Ronald Caringal; from twisted classical European artwork by Jason Montinola and Valerie Chua to Filipino iconography by Wesley Valenzuela and intricate line drawing by Kadin Tiu.