Here's What's In Store at the 2019 Venice Art Biennale's Philippine Exhibit

The Philippine Pavilion will feature the work of artist Mark Justiniani.

( 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.

"Noah" (2011) by Mark Justiniani
PHOTO BY Mark Justiniani

One of the artists to be featured in the pavilion will be Mark Justiniani, who is known for his immersive large-scale installations and site-specific art. Justiniani has always been interested in vision and optics, as well as structures of space and time. His work in the pavilion is said to “redefine the aesthetic experience not only through form but by way of historic reference and reflections.”

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The Philippines' participation in the upcoming Venice Art Biennale is supported by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts, the Department of Foreign Affairs, and the Office of Senator Loren Legarda. The Philippine Pavilion in Venice will open to the public on May 11, 2019, and will run until November 24, 2019.

For more information, visit Philippine Arts in Venice Biennale's Facebook page.

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