10 Art Exhibits to See This March

This month, art as protest.


(SPOT.ph) Art can be a powerful tool that speaks against various forms of oppression, may it be externally or internally experienced. In this month's roundup of exhibits, we see eye-opening artworks that are meant to protest issues of national interest, such as the utter disregard for human rights, the extrajudicial killings, and historical revisionism. We also see how art serves as therapy, especially for those who want to cope with everyday struggles in life.


"Cry for Justice" by BenCab



Filipino artists representing various media come together in a group exhibit to put the spotlight on human dignity, which is currently largely ignored in the government's anti-drug campaign. “In the drug war and the problem it seeks to eradicate—human dignity pays the price,” said human rights advocate and Hudyat organizer Edna Aquino. Participating artists include National Artist Benedicto Cabrera, Patricia Evangelista, Toym Imao, Marne Kilates, Jose F. Lacaba, and many more.


The exhibit runs from March 9 to 25 in various venues at the Far Eastern University.


Far Eastern University is on Nicanor Reyes Street, Sampaloc, Manila. For more information, visit Hudyat: Filipino Artists for Human Dignity's Facebook page.


Artwork by Shozo Michikawa


Nature into Art

Japanese ceramic artist Shozo Michikawa believes that "works created by nature, for example, the patterns formed by the winds on the desert sands, or a majestic cliff overlooking the ocean, contain a power that can never be imitated by human hands." This is why his pottery works, inspired by the wabi-sabi aesthetic, display the tension between natural phenomena and the imperfection of human hands. He will also hold a free pottery workshop on April 1.


The exhibit runs from March 28 to April 9 at Silverlens.


Silverlens is at 2263 Don Chino Roces Avenue Extension, Makati City. For more information, visit Silverlens' website.



The Settlement

Mark Justiniani's latest art installation, disguised as a run-down shanty no bigger than 15 feet, is on display at the UP Sunken Garden. Inside the barong-barong are the artist's trademark works made of mirror and lights that create the illusion of infinite space. It looks into the dark periods in Philippine history, particularly the Martial Law era and Marcos' surprise burial.


The exhibit runs until March 10, 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the University of the Philippines Sunken Garden.


The University of the Philippines is in Diliman, Quezon City. For more information, visit Center for Art, New Ventures, and Sustainable Development's Facebook page.





Kevin Roque's first solo exhibit consists of his personal collection of daydreams rendered through his signature style of intricate pencil drawings. He uses this technique to deliver themes of both realism and surrealism to explore the underlying meanings behind incoherent fantasies. Roque is a former Managing Editor of De La Salle University's Malate Literary Folio and is currently a member of Ang Ilustrador ng Kabataan.


The exhibit runs until March 18 at Prism Gallery.


Prism Gallery is at G/F Island Tower Condominum, 239 Salcedo Street, Makati City. For more information, visit Prism Gallery's Facebook page.


“Amber 2” by Sacha Cotture


Moments de Creation

Swiss painter Sacha Cotture presents how he connects with the environment and the primal elements of the world through art. He uses Chinese ink to express fluidity in nature as opposed to the rigidity in his professional life as an architect.


The exhibit runs until April 3 at Galleria Duemila.


Galleria Duemila is at 210 Loring Street, Pasay City. For more information, visit Galleria Duemila's website.



Painted Symphony

In cooperation with Galerie Joaquin, Artist Space presents Ross Capili's Painted Symphony. The award-winning artist employs once again the acrylic painting technique of wet-on-wet, a form he used in 1990. He emphasizes the often-forgotten practice of "stopping to smell the flowers" through bright color palettes and the use of butterflies in his artwork.


The exhibit runs until March 21 at Ayala Museum's Artist Space.


Ayala Museum's Artist Space is at 2/F Glass Wing, Ayala Museum Annex, Greenbelt 5, Makati City. For more information, visit Galerie Joaquin's Facebook page.


“Both of Me” by Rom Villaseran


Ilaw ng Buwan

Rom Villaseran's Ilaw ng Buwan is a depiction of his life as a dual persona—a fiery artist and a masked being. Diagnosed with bipolar disorder, the artist embraces who he is through his artworks and expresses his mental state through a rare series of self-portraits. An example of this is "Both of Me," in which he honestly presents the two characters populating his mind.


The exhibit runs until March 12 at Galerie Stephanie.


Galerie Stephanie is at Unit 1B Parc Plaza Building, 183 E. Rodriguez Jr. Avenue, Libis, Quezon City. For more information, visit Galerie Stephanie's Facebook page.



Benedictus Paenitentiae

Filipino sculptor Eduardo Castrillo, who passed away in May 2016, has left behind an entire series of sculptures dedicated to the redemptive power of the crucifix. The special exhibit not only showcases the skill and talent of one of our country's greatest artists, but also celebrates one of the main symbols of Christianity.



The exhibit runs until March 13 at 8 Rockwell.


Galerie Joaquin's pop-up gallery is at G/F 8 Rockwell Building, Rockwell Center, Makati City. For more information, visit Galerie Joaquin's Facebook page.


"Bamboo Theater" by Nousaku Fuminori with Rosario Encarnacion-Tan


Almost There

This group exhibit co-presented by the Japan Foundation Asia Center looks into gaps, distances, and kinship through the phrase "almost there," signifying both relief and agitation when uttered. Participating artists include Filipino filmmaker Ivy Universe Baldoza, Singaporean writer Ho Rui An, Japanese photographer Miyagi Futoshi, and many more.


The exhibit runs until May 6 at UP Vargas Museum.


UP Vargas Museum is on Roxas Avenue, University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City. For more information, visit UP Vargas Museum's Facebook page.


Artwork by Pio Abad



Pio Abad reflects on recent events in Philippine politics through banner works on silk and an installation based on the sculptural work of the Filipino monument builder Anastacio Caedo. He focuses on the long-term effects of the Marcos regime as well as the historical revisionism that is happening today.


The exhibit runs from March 28 to April 9 at Silverlens.


Silverlens is at 2263 Don Chino Roces Avenue Extension, Makati City. For more information, visit Silverlens' website.


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