10 Art Exhibits to See in March 2022

From large-scale works to light-inspired installations.

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(SPOT.ph) The pandemic threw a huge curveball for everyone, including artists and cultural workers. Being crowd-gathering indoor spaces, a number of art galleries and museums temporarily closed in the early part of the quarantine, forcing them to adapt and shift to the digital platform through virtual exhibitions. Now that our favorite places are opening up again, most art galleries are once again welcoming art enthusiasts. If you're part of the crowd that sorely misses the quiet of an exhibit, then don't forget to reserve an appointment in advance and strictly follow health guidelines. Stay safe!

Check out these art exhibits in Metro Manila this March:

In Storage

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PHOTO BY Facebook/Finale Art File

Annie Cabigting’s solo show In Storage features large-scale conceptual works consisting of wooden and metal crates of different sizes, colors, and materials. The unopened crates, which serve as storage of artworks when transported from one place to another, inquire on the kind of relationships and perceptions about art as symbolized by such objects.  

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Runs until March 5 at the Finale Art File Gallery, Warehouse 17, La Fuerza Compound (Gate 1), Chino Roces Avenue, Makati City. For more information, visit Finale Art File Gallery’s website. 

2021 Thirteen Artists Awards 

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The Thirteen Artists Awards is a then-biennial, and now triennial event, founded by the Cultural Center of the Philippines in 1970 to give recognition to exemplary artists in the field of contemporary visual art. It lauds 13 artists who “restructure, restrengthen, and renew art making and art thinking…that lend viability to Philippine art,” according to their website. For 2021, the awardees include Allan Balisi, Nice Buenaventura, Gino Bueza, Mars Bugaoan, Rocky Cajigan, Geloy Concepcion, Patrick Cruz, Ian Carlo Jaucian, KoloWn, Czar Kristoff, Lou Lim, Ryan Villamael, and Catherine Sarah Young. 

Opens on March 10 at Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (Main Theater Lobby), Cultural Center of the Philippines, Roxas Boulevard, Pasay City. For more information, visit the Cultural Center of the Philippines’ website. 

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Spiralling in Starlight Vision 

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PHOTO BY Facebook/ArtInformal

Catalina Africa continues her experimentation in art-making and production, from paintings to sculptural objects. The exploration of the unfamiliar and even the unknown, through her paintings, interrogates things instead of seeking answers to her questions. 

Runs until March 17 at the Artinformal Gallery, The Alley at Karrivin,  2316 Chino Roces Avenue Extension, Makati City. For more information, follow Artinformal Gallery on Facebook. 

Reimagining BORO 

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Reimagining BORO locates the link between two processes: boro, which is the Japanese practice of repairing textiles; and buro, which is a Filipino method of preserving food. Viewed within contemporary lenses, the exhibition attempts at exploring the historical and social contexts of both traditions of preservation, which vary from one region to another.  

Runs until March 17 at the Artinformal Gallery, The Alley at Karrivin,  2316 Chino Roces Avenue Extension, Makati City. For more information, follow Artinformal Gallery on Facebook. 

What I Owe to Each Line 

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PHOTO BY Facebook/Gravity Art Space

In a series of artworks that span four years, Faye Pamintuan revisits her thesis and reimagines a new presentation. “I’m slowly finding a way to have the courage to give it [the works] the place and presentation I feel I owe to it,” writes Pamintuan in an Instagram post. 

Runs until March 18 at the Gravity Art Space Gallery, 1810 Mother Ignacia Avenue, Quezon City. For more information, visit follow Gravity Art Space on Facebook. 

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Beguiling Temptation 

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Beguiling Temptation is Trek Valdizno’s fourth solo presentation under Galleria Duemila, a gallery that has witnessed his journey and transformation as an artist in the last decade. You can know more about the artist in an online talk moderated by Sandra Palamor on March 12. 

Runs until March 15 at Galleria Duemila, 210 Loring Street, Pasay City. For more information, follow Galleria Duemila on Facebook. 

Shake, Rattle, and Roll 

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With illustrations that make references to pop culture—whether about movies or music, Pablo Zingapan incorporates the horrors in Philippine superstitions while contrasting such narratives with something humorous. Shake, Rattle, and Roll is the third solo exhibition of the fine arts alumnus from the Far Eastern University and the University of Northern Philippines.  

Runs until March 5 at the Art Cube Gallery, 2/F Building B Karrivin, Plaza, Chino Roces Avenue Extension, Makati City. For more information, follow Art Cube Philippines on Facebook.

Take Over 

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PHOTO BY Facebook/UP Vargas

Take Over features a series of photographs that capture how nature—in so many different ways—has taken over the grounds, spaces, and structures at the University of the Philippines Diliman during the pandemic. These images by Eloi Hernandez are also uploaded in the museum’s Instagram page for the digital audience.  

Runs until March 18 at 1/F Jorge B. Vargas Museum and Filipiniana Research Center, University of the Philippines Diliman, Quezon City. For more information, follow UP Vargas Museum on Facebook. 

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Ligalig: Art in a Time of Threat and Turmoil 

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"Wadpak/Dapak” by Eric Zamuco
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Ligalig: Art in a Time of Threat and Turmoil responds to the pre-existing social ills and current struggles of the Filipino masses throughout history, visually articulated and represented in the exhibited artworks. The exhibition is curated by Emmanuel Torres, who also happens to be the founding curator of the Ateneo Art Gallery. He carefully selected pieces that expose human rights repression in the Philippines, which was at its height in the late 1960s and through the '70s. Works include issues on infringement of press freedom, corruption in the government, capitalism and unfair labor practices, illegal detention, and extrajudicial killings. It features a video work by Manny Montelinbano, a projection by Kiri Dalena, and an installation by Eric Zamuco, among others.  

Runs until May 29 at the Ateneo Art Gallery, Areté, Ateneo de Manila University, Katipunan Avenue, Quezon City. For more information, visit Ateneo Art Gallery’s website.  

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Resonant Earth 

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PHOTO BY Facebook/ArtInformal

Prompted by the essay “The First Philippine Porcelain,” participating artists in Resonant Earth examine the historic and artistic origins of ceramics in its contemporary and tangible form. The exhibition, which is curated by Carlos Quijon Jr., features works by Joseph Gabriel, Hannah Pettyjohn, and Pam Quinto.
Runs until March 26 at Silverlens Galleries, 2263 Don Chino Roces Avenue Extension, Makati City. For more information, follow Silverlens Galleries on Facebook.

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