Everything You Need to Know About Art Fair Philippines 2022

It's happening from March 23 to April 1 at Ayala Triangle Gardens.

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(SPOT.ph) Just a few weeks shy of the impending doom that was the lockdown two years ago, Art Fair Philippines 2020 managed to push through with a live run of the annual event. Little did we know then that it would be the last in-person art fair we'd be having for a long while. Art Fair Philippines 2021 tapped into the digital sphere like everything else that year, and the four levels of The Link were transformed into a busy website of galleries and art talks.

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Map of Art Fair Philippines 2022 at Ayala Triangle Gardens
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This year, ArtFairPH is back with its crowd-drawing, face-to-face-with-art glory as the event moves to the open-air Ayala Triangle Gardens, still in Makati City, with special exhibitions. Art Fair Philippines 2022 is slated to happen from March 23 to April 1. Aside from the onsite show, you can also catch the other displays through their website and at the respective locales of participating galleries. Here's a rundown of what to expect so you can plan your Art Fair Philippines "battleplan" accordingly.

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Also read:
10 Artists to Watch at Art Fair Philippines 2022
Interview with Derek Tumala (for ArtFairPH/Residences)
Interview with Johanna Helmuth (for ArtFairPH/Projects)

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How to create your Art Fair Philippines account
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Keep track of the day's activities through the Art Fair Philippines website.
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Here's what you need to know about Art Fair Philippines 2022:

Featured Artists

ArtFairPH/Projects returns this 2022 and the lineup features an interesting mix of young and old Filipino artists. The collection, which is once again curated by Norman Crisologo, presents works by the late Arô Soriano and noted social realist Nune Alvarado. It also features new pieces by Bjorn Calleja, Johanna Helmuth, Ryan Jara, Doctor Karayom, Tyang Karyel, Aze Ong, Wyndelle Remonde, and Melvin Gurheim (recipient of the Karen H. Montinola Selection). You can find the works of the featured artists at the Ayala Tower One Area.

This is a ticketed section of the fair.Passes are at P150 and are available online.

Also read:
Artist Johanna Helmuth Seeks the Truth by Exposing Human Imperfections

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Visual rendering of the ArtFairPH/Projects set-up at the Ayala Tower One Area.
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ArtFairPH/Photo, on the other hand, is set to be on display at the covered area of the Serpentine Gardens. It is curated by Mark Nicdao, Neal Oshima, Michael Salientes, and Gio Panlilio.

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Visual rendering of the ArtFairPH/Projects set-up at Serpentine Gardens.
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Salientes is a former fashion editor of New York's magazine Details. He worked on a number of fashion shoots for Manila's top fashion magazines including Mega and Preview, and was one of the guest judges for Project Runway Philippines. His participation is essential to this year's ArtFairPH/Photo, which is titled Tattoos, Ternos and Couture, A Celebration of Philippine Fashion Photography.

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Visual rendering of the ArtFairPH/Film set-up
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This year's ArtFairPH/Film will have an on-site screening at the Ayala Triangle Gardens. You can catch digital films by New York-based new media artist Jeremy Couillard, who is known for his humorous narratives about future dystopias. Up for showing is his newest film There Is No Up Or Down, Only Attraction; and three works from his Fuzz Spiral series, which is based on the artist's video game called Fuzz Dungeon. 

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What's New at the Fair

One of this year's new features is the exhibition output of ArtFairPH/Residencies, which was launched in 2021 when the fair called on artists to apply for a residency program project. Five artists were selected and paired with different art spaces in the country: Derek Tumala at the Manila Observatory in Quezon City, Hannah Nantes for the Linangan Art Residency in Cavite, Jao San Pedro for Emerging Islands in La Union, Alwin Reamillo at The Orange Project in Bacolod, and Faye Abantao at Butanding Barrio in Puerto Princesa. Their projects will be presented at the Ayala Triangle.

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Follow the Art Trail with your daata mobile app.
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Another welcome addition is the AR Art Trail, where visitors can follow an interactive augmented reality trail at the Ayala Triangle Gardens with the aid of daata mobile app. Named after Leeroy New's artwork Aparisyon, it brings to life sculptures that the artist created from discarded plastic bottles during the pandemic. This takes a look at how much plastic we throw away and the possibilities this can bring in a climate crisis-stricken future.

This is complemented by writer Eliza Victoria's story titled Let Me Hold Your Hand, which follows the tale of a woman who escapes to an enchanted realm.

You can follow both stories by scanning QR codes spread out on the grounds of the AR Art Trail. Also part of the presentation are works by artists Jeremy Couillard, Eva Papamargariti, Elliot Dodd, Tuomas Laitinen, Keiken, Aaajiao, and Florian Meisenberg.

Participating Galleries

For ArtFairPH 2022, 46 exhibitors from the Philippines and abroad will showcase artworks in their respective galleries and through online viewing rooms. Since gallery-hopping is essential in this year’s fair, you can check out the Gallery Hop section on the website to plot out your route and schedule for viewing the gallery shows depending on their proximity. You can also catch the virtual Gallery Walkthrough on March 23 and 24.

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Art Agenda
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The list of Philippine galleries includes:

  • 1335Mabini
  • Altro Mondo Gallery
  • Art Cube Gallery
  • Art Elaan
  • Art for Space
  • Art Underground
  • Art Verite Gallery
  • Artery Art Space
  • Avellana Art Gallery
  • Boston Art Gallery
  • CANVAS.PH
  • District Gallery
  • Eskinita Gallery
  • Galerie Roberto
  • Galerie Stephanie
  • Grounded Holistic Arts and Culture Studio
  • J Studio
  • Kaida Contemporary
  • León Gallery
  • Luzviminda
  • Modeka Art
  • MONO8 Gallery
  • Paseo Art Gallery
  • Pinaglabanan
  • Qube Gallery
  • Salcedo Private View
  • Secret Fresh
  • Silverlens
  • Strange Fruit
  • The Crucible Gallery
  • Tin-Aw, Metro Gallery
  • White Walls Gallery
  • Ysobel Art Gallery
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Participating exhibitors from abroad, which you can see through the website are:

  • Art Agenda (Singapore/Jakarta)
  • Gajah Gallery (Singapore/Yogyakarta)
  • Mayoral (Paris/Barcelona)
  • Yavuz Gallery (Singapore/Sydney)
  • Gallery Kogure (Tokyo)
  • YOD Gallery (Osaka)

Featured art groups from outside the Metro are the following:

  • Ibagiw Art Fest x Gallery 2600 (Luzon)
  • VIVA ExCon Dasun Bacolod x Orange Project (Visayas)
  • Langgikit x Museo De Oro x Art Portal Gallery (Mindanao)
  • Liwag-diwa x Gallery Down South (Mindanao)
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Art Fair Philippines website
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Through the interactive virtual exhibit, you can play around with hanging the artwork on a wall.
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Other Online Events

To complete the ArtFairPH hybrid experience, virtual exhibits and online talks complement the on-site special exhibitions. ArtFairPH/Talks, for example, features a virtual discussion on art collecting by Madrid-based curator and arts writer Paco Barragán, a panel on NFTs, and an interesting discussion on the special photo exhibit Tattoos, Ternos and Couture, A Celebration of Philippine Fashion Photography with the curators.

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ArtFairPH/Tours is also going digital through video documentation by Nona Garcia, Abbie Lara, and Kawayan de Guia of their visits to artists' studios in Baguio. Another video tour is that of the artist spaces of Plet Bolipata and Elmer Borlongan.

Finally, the ArtFairPH/Open Studios showcases a three-part series of pottery demos titled Conversations on Clay with Jezzel Wee, Marco Rosario, Ella Mendoza, Krista Nogueras, Jon Pettyjohn, and Joey de Castro.

10 Days of Art

10 Days of Art is part of Art Fair Philippines' efforts to bring art closer to the people. The 10-day art festival happening from March 23 to April 1 showcases public art pieces as in previous years around the Makati Central Business District. This year's major works are: I Can't Tell You What I Don't Know, Only That I Don't Know by James Clar in front of the Ayala Museum, and two solo pieces by Juanito Torres and Norman Dreo in conversation under the title Perspectives at the Greenbelt 5 Gallery.

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Art Fair Philippines 2022 runs from March 23 to April 1 at Ayala Triangle Gardens, Paseo De Roxas Street corner Makati Avenue corner Ayala Avenue, Makati City. For more information, visit Art Fair Philippines' website.

UPDATED (March 16): This article has been edited to include ticket details.

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