The Japan Foundation, Manila and the University of the Philippines Vargas Museum are pleased to announce the selected curators of the 2014 Curatorial Workshop held last March 4 -6, 2014 at the Jorge B. Vargas Museum and Filipiniana Research Center of the University of the Philippines.
The curators will participate in a two-week study tour of Japan and will each organize an exhibition at the Vargas Museum in December 2014.
The four (4) curators are:
Ms. Maria Consuelo G. Cabrera
Mr. Andrick Caesar P. Francisco
Ms. Mayumi Hirano
Mr. Mervin S. Espina
The workshop received 44 curatorial proposals from within and outside the Philippines, an indication of the keen interest in curatorial practice and the various concerns young curators are reflecting on in their work. These tendencies were further discussed in the workshop and situated within the theme of the “history of negotiations” both locally and globally. The workshop was also able to survey the types of curators currently in the scene, from independent and institutional curators to artist-curators, non-governmental organization workers in the regions, and teachers. They bring into their practice the experiences and insights of varied backgrounds and express different themes centering on the lifeworld of the city, the problem of memory and archive, the economy of the art world, and strategies of transformation.
For the proposals that were not selected, the Japan Foundation and Vargas Museum are committed to helping realize these projects to be processed through applications for financial and venue grants. The Foundation and the Museum can explain the details regarding this support upon request.
This workshop marked the third time the Japan Foundation and the Vargas Museum collaborated to develop curatorial resources in the Philippines.