Semblance/Presence: Renato Habulan and Alfredo Esquillo Jr.

Renato Habulan and Alfredo Esquillo Jr., Mga Hinirang (Chosen People), film still, 2012

Date: 29 June 2012 - 13 January 2013
Venue: NX Gallery, NUS Museum

Combining Jose Rizal's Quiapo Fair (first published 1891) and artworks produced by artists Renato Habulan and Alfredo Esquillo Jr., the exhibition traces the life-worlds of Plaza Miranda, which fronts the Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene (Quiapo Church), one of the main churches of the City of Manila. Considering how Plaza Miranda acts as a site for numerous interests, ranging from political and cultural discourse to established traditions of fortune telling, the exhibition connects both artists and their materials to not just as something being observed, but also to the conditions of their observations, where the very act of observation becomes an end that at once implicates but also detaches. By some oblique process, presence also becomes semblance, leading to question, if any act of observation can ever remain unmediated.

The exhibition is co-organized by NUS Museum and Artesan Gallery + Studio. It is also supported by Tin-aw Art Management Inc.


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