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7 Must-See Pieces And Installations At Art Fair Philippines 2019

Don't have any plans this long weekend? It's not too late to check out Art Fair Philippines!

Year after year, Art Fair Philippines turns The Link Carpark in Makati into a 13,000sqm multi-level exhibit to showcase modern and contemporary Filipino artistry. It's the biggest in the country, with 52 galleries participating to shine the spotlight on the Southeast Asian art scene. 

The three-day event that began on February 22 is the perfect family activity—get a glimpse of the vibrant local art industry, attend free talks by industry leaders, and see contemporary pieces from a variety of art movements. You can also network and meet fellow enthusiasts as you support Filipino art.

Dropping by this weekend? Make sure to keep an eye out for these 7 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.


"A Stitch In Time" By David Medalla

Internationally recognized Pinoy artist David Medalla recreated his famous participatory artwork "A Stitch In Time," which was first conceptualized in 1968. People are encouraged to participate in the piece by stitching an object onto the canvas. We witnessed guests embed many different things—names, cards, bus tickets, and graduation photos (we even spotted a pack of condoms).




"Forest for the Trees" by Christina Quisimbing Ramilo

Christina Quisimbing Ramilo created a wooden library made of scraps of houses long demolished. Designed to become an open book, guests are free to write and draw on each piece of wood in the bibliotheque. 




"Cheap Medicine" by Oscar Villamiel

Two hundred heads made of bamboo and coconut shells comprise Oscar Villamiel's haunting art installation. All heads appear to be laughing perversely in unison, a reflection of how "undeserving, ineffectual leaders" get voted into power. The artist wanted this to be a wake-up call for the upcoming election.




"My Little Museum" by Norman Dreo

This 7.5 ft x 28 ft painting by Norman Dreo depicts a scene straight out of a museum. Notice how there are several miniature paintings in one massive canvas! It's several art pieces within an art piece! 




"Consequence" by Dennis Bato

This Dennis Bato installation features 1000 pieces of miniature human figures made of resin. 




"Finding the Light" by Daniel dela Cruz

One of the highlights of this year's art fair is Daniel dela Cruz's exhibit "Finding the Light." It aims to raise awareness on the negative effect of social media towards one's mental health.




"Healing Grounds" by Jim Orencio

Finally, Jim Orencio's Healing Grounds mimics a wonderful autumn day. Hanging on each wall are his landscape paintings, with dried leaves scattered all over the floor.



Catch Art Fair Philippines 2019 until February 24 at The Link Carpark.