(SPOT.ph) Since 1991, we have been celebrating National Arts Month every February and putting the spotlight on Filipino talent in the arts. It's often a very busy month for artists, collectors, and supporters as theater season begins, new exhibits get launched, and big art events—such as Art Fair Philippines, Fringe Manila, and Pasinaya—take place. For 2020, a new art festival is keeping one of our February weekends fully booked: ALT Philippines 2020, which runs from February 14 to 16, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the SMX Convention Center at SM Aura Premier.
Here's what you need to know about ALT Philippines 2020:
What Is ALT
ALT Philippines 2020 is composed of 10 Metro Manila art galleries, which have come together "to experiment on new ways of presenting and experiencing art," according to a statement released by the group. Works from over 150 artists are to be presented in a carefully curated display by each participating gallery.
Participating Galleries and Artists
With the theme "Materials of the Artist," ArtInformal features an in-depth discussion on how materials affect and influence the work of an artist. Their booth will exhibit interviews presented through a newspaper-format catalog.
"Fulfilled Space," the title of Blanc Gallery's show, traces an artist's journey towards a state of contentment and fulfillment.
The Drawing Room
The Drawing Room highlights the importance of the relationship between a gallery and the artist, especially in an ever-evolving art landscape. Participating artists include: Alfredo and Isabel Aquilizan, Manuel Ocampo, Mark Justiniani, José Sanos III, Pam Yan Santos, Kiko Escora, Kawayan De Guia, Leo Abaya, Ged Merino, Diokno Pasilan, Rene Aquitania, Derek Tumala, Kat Medina, Miguel Aquilizan and Jessica Dorizac, Troy Ignacio, and Vermont Coronel Jr.
Finale Art File
Finale Art File presents the works of 11 Filipino contemporary artists, including: Annie Cabigting, Bembol Dela Cruz, Lyra Garcellano, Ayka Go, Jojo Legaspi, Kim Oliveros, Lynyrd Paras, Michelle Perez, Liv Vinluan, Paulo Vinluan, and Jeona Zoleta. Their works are all rooted in traditional painting, but with a mix of their personal style and ideas.
"Carpe Diem: Beyond Seizing the Day" by Galleria Duemila brings together 10 artists and their works all curated by Angel Velaso Shaw. Each artist was given the challenge to go beyond what they normally do and experiment with the unfamiliar.
Artists represented by 1335 Mabini go deep into the connection of art to the environment, collective memory, and politics.
Mo Space's selection of artists have one mission: to show "the best of the best."
Underground is set to feature a solo exhibition by Valerie Chua. As a third generation Chinese immigrant, she often articulates themes of identity and alienation. For ALT, she questions how individuals retain relevant information while moving across time and space.
Vinyl on Vinyl
Known for going beyond conventional art forms, Vinyl on Vinyl is presenting several immersive installations that revolve around pop surrealism, kinetic art, and street art.
West Gallery's featured artists include Elaine Navas, Geraldine Javier, Mariano Ching, Kaloy Sanchez, Jigger Cruz, Louie Cordero, Raffy T. Napay, Luis Antonio Santos, and many more.
ALT Philippines 2020 will be filling up more than 3,000 square meters of space at SMX Aura. You can find the convention center on the third floor of SM Aura Premier in Bonifacio Global City.
One-day passes to ALT Philippines 2020 can be purchased online through SM Tickets. General admission is at P250. Students can also avail of discounted tickets at P150, which they can purchase at the on-site ticket booth.
ALT Philippines 2020 runs from February 14 to 16, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. at SMX Convention Center, 3/F SM Aura Premier, 26th Street corner McKinley Parkway, Bonifacio Global City. For more information, visit ALT Philippines’ website.