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6 Must-See Art Pieces That Will Make You Want To Head To Art Fair Philippines 2018

Imagine walking into a 13,000sqm multi-level exhibit that showcases all forms of modern and contemporary Philippine visual art. Imagine meeting your favorite local artists and gallerists in the same room. Imagine discovering different Southeast Asian works in every corner. That's exactly what Art Fair Philippines is all about.

Founded in 2013, Art Fair Philippines has become the country's premier platform for exhibiting and selling some of the best works in the Philippine art industry. It also aims to make art accessible to those who want to discover the vibrant local art scene.

Now on its sixth edition—the biggest one yet—Art Fair Philippines has transformed all floors of The Link Carpark in Makati to display works from 51 galleries, ranging from sculptures to paintings to installations. This year's show also aims to increase awareness for photography as a form of contemporary art, introducing a new section dedicated to thought-provoking photographs.

The four-day fair is open to everyone, whether you're a collector, an art enthusiast, or even a casual viewer. This can't-miss event is open until March 4, Sunday.

Heading there this weekend? Make sure to keep an eye out for these 6 must-see pieces and exhibits! If you're an Art Fair first-timer, you may also check out our guide on Art Fair Etiquette here.

 

Everyday Impunity curated by Erwin Romulo

This room features lighting design by Lyle Sacris and music by Juan Miguel Sobrepeña, and displays 660 photos taken by Carlo Gabuco within the first two years of the Duterte administration. Viewers are encouraged to sit on the chair that lies in the middle of the room, where they can listen to narrations by families of victims of extrajudicial killings.

 

READ: Photography Is Just The Shot The Art Fair Needed

 

What If Man Chose God Over Sin? by Anton del Castillo

This del Castillo creation, made with oil on a gold leaf panel, is a play on the first sin in the Bible.

 

 

Burning In Water, Drowning In Flame by Maxine Syjuco

This dreamy installation by Maxine Syjuco features three paintings of headless angels and 101 unwritten love letters folded into paper boats.

 

 

Miguel Aquilizan and Jessica Dorizac

In this collection, Aquilizan and Dorizac turn shoes into beautiful assemblage sculptures resembling oriental headgear.

 

 

The Art Fair is Full of Objects; More or Less Interesting; I Wish to Add 24,124 More by Nilo Ilarde

Inspired by Douglas Huebler's famous quote, "The world is full of objects, more of less interesting; I do not wish to add anymore," conceptual artist Nilo Ilarde fills his booth in The Link, a carpark-turned-exhibit venue, with 24,124 Hot Wheels cars.

 

 

Imaginarium by Daniel dela Cruz

This dark and gothic room displays intricate, moving sculptures by Daniel dela Cruz.

 

 

Entry times for the public fair are: 10AM-1:30PM, 2- 5:PM, and 5:30-9PM. According to their official website, entry time is regulated, but you may stay as long as you want. Purchase your tickets at www.artfairphilippines.com, or buy them on site. Walk-in slots are limited.

Walk-in rates are P350 per person. Students with valid IDs can purchase tickets for P150, while Makati students with valid IDs can get in for P100.