(SPOT.ph) There is no shortage of artistic talent in the Philippines and the country’s participation in Venice Biennale, or the Biennale Arte 2019, is a testament to that. The 58th International Art Exhibition is entitled May You Live in Interesting Times aims to showcase the current situation of different countries in an artistic light.
As an island nation that experiences both calm seas and stormy clouds, it is only apt that the country’s theme is “Island Weather,” which explores the country’s geophysical characteristics and its relationship with its people. The exhibit is curated by Tessa Maria Guazon from the Department of Art Studies at the University of the Philippines - Diliman.
Guazon used three thematic approaches in shaping the exhibition. The first one is “Island Voyage,” which include works of art about travel, fantasy, myth, and grand designs referencing lighthouses built during colonial times. The next one is “Local Forecast,” depicting turbulent weather and features of lighthouses that relate to viewing and being seen. Last is “Piers and Ports,” which further investigates the theme and the search for truth.