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A Biophilic Approach to Art Fair’s Homecoming in 2023

A Biophilic Approach to Art Fair’s Homecoming in 2023

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This 2023, Art Fair returns to its home in The Link on February 17 to 19 after a lengthy separation due to the pandemic. Not only that, but Art Fair celebrates its 10th year by foregoing its typical grid layout for a more organic approach.

Just like how the world has evolved, so has Art Fair Philippines. This year, they have partnered with 63 exhibitors from both the local and foreign art landscape. So, exciting times are definitely ahead for those looking to visit this year’s fair.

But, if you just can’t wait for its opening, we have a couple of spoilers below to help you get ready for the event.

The Design

We’ve told you about how Art Fair is taking a more organic approach to its layout this year, this design was created by Andy Locsin of Leandro V. Locsin Partners. Locsin is embracing a biophilic design to reflect different worlds onto Art Fair’s architecture.

This idea was inspired by the seeming randomness of nature that comes with an underlying order. The use of Rizome’s natural bamboo veneer was utilized to bring this vision to life. Locsin hopes that this approach translates to an experiential journey of discovery for show-goers as they step into The Link.

The Categories

This year, you can expect a wider range of sections that cover residencies, projects, photos, talks, tours, workshops, digital, and film.

Indeed, Art Fair’s newest addition is bringing tech, animation, VR, the metaverse, and Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs) to reality. Art Fair together with Globe Platinum called for the expertise of Bjorn Calleja and Jopet Arias, both renowned in their field, to curate this part of the exhibit. Through the curation of Calleja and Arias, Art Fair will be bringing Mark Constantine Inducil’s Homecoming and Skye Nicolas’ Frequencies of Nostalgia to Makati.

You’ll also find photo tributes to honor pillars of the art community namely Norma Liongoren of Liongoren Gallery, and Albert Avellana of Avellana ArtGallery. These tributes are under ArtFair/Photos alongside the works of Wawi Navarozza’s self-portraits that explore herself and her surroundings called As Wild As We Come.

Wawi Navarozza
Wawi Navarozza

Norman Crisologo has also curated a variety of projects for this year’s Art Fair. Starting with the first-ever performative show Corponomy by Eisa Jocson, a Hugo Boss Asia Art awardee. In Corponomy, Jocson explores gender and identity through movement and dance. Other exciting projects to look out for are Rosario Bitanga’s Past, Present, Participant and Yunizar’s Yunizar: New Perspectives.

Norman Crisologo
Norman Crisologo
Eisa Jocson
Eisa Jocson
Rosario Bitanga
Rosario Bitanga

Art Fair attendees will be delighted to find a selection of projects namely Faye Abantao’s Don’t Forget to Remember, Kiko Escoras EK-EK NG TALIPANDAS, Mark Andy Garcia’s Countless Tries, Raymond Guevarra’s Taymperst!, Pow Martinez’s Delusions of Grandeur Woke Farm, Yeo Kaa’s This exhibition is about strength., and Peter Zimmerman’s works on display during the event.

Faye Abantao
Faye Abantao

The Events

Art Fair in partnership with the Ateneo Art Gallery and Museum Foundation of the Philippines has put together five sessions that aim to help attendees have a deeper appreciation of art through their exposure to different topics.

The Ateneo Art Gallery is also credited for curating Art Fair’s new Film section to showcase a selection of films that touch on the development of Philippine alternative cinema and video works from lumbung members and artists.

Workshops by Tezos and TZ APAC are also on the Art Fair’s events roster to help attendees learn more about local crypto art, and how to onboard as a digital artist.

10 Days of Art

As a precursor to Art Fair, there will be a series of events around Makati held in partner establishments such as museums, galleries, restaurants, bars, and retail businesses to kickstart the celebration of art.

You can click here to stay updated about 10 Days of Art that’s happening from February 10 to February 19.

Participating Galleries

As we’ve mentioned before, there will be 63 galleries from the Philippines and beyond that will be participating in this year’s Art Fair. Additionally, three regional art galleries have been tapped to bring focus to the art scene in other parts of the Philippines.

We’ve listed the participating establishments below to help you chart your gallery hopping course:

NCR

  • 1335/Mabini
  • Anakbanwa Creative Residency Project
  • Art Cube
  • Art Elaan
  • Art for Space
  • Art Lounge Manila
  • Art Underground
  • Art Verité
  • Artery Art Space
  • Boston Art Gallery
  • CANVAS
  • Early Light
  • FIFTH WALL FEST
  • FotomotoPH
  • GALERIA PALOMA
  • Galerie Stephanie
  • Gravity Art Space
  • isTorya Studios
  • J Studio
  • Jes Aznar
  • Kaida Contemporary
  • KalawakanSpacetime
  • KANTINA
  • Kapitan Kulam
  • León Gallery
  • Lunang Mentoring Program
  • Mark Lewis Higgins
  • METRO Gallery
  • MONO8
  • Mugna Gallery + Foundation University DAFA
  • Paseo Art Gallery
  • Pintô Art Museum
  • Qube Gallery
  • Secret Fresh Gallery
  • SILVERLENS
  • Sitting Room Studios
  • Sulyap Gallery by Tahanan Pottery
  • Super Duper Gallery
  • TARZEER PICTURES
  • The Crucible
  • Tom Epperson
  • TRIANGULUM
  • Tin-aw Art Projects
  • Village Art Gallery
  • White Walls Gallery
  • Ysobel Art Gallery

Regional

  • no space (Cordilleras)
  • Orange Project (Negros Occidental)
  • Panit Bukog (Cagayan)

Foreign

  • Art Agenda (Singapore and Jakarta)
  • Artemis Art (Malaysia)
  • Cayón (Spain)
  • Gajah Gallery (Singapore)
  • Gallery Kogure (Japan)
  • GALLERY SCENA (Japan)
  • Kobayashi Gallery (Japan)
  • La Lanta Fine Art (Thailand)
  • Nunu Fine Art (Taiwan)
  • Vin Gallery (Vietnam)
  • Yavuz Gallery (Singapore and Australia)
  • YOD Gallery (Japan)

Getting Ready for Art Fair 2023

Now that you have a preview of what’s to come at Art Fair this year, you can start your preparations by purchasing tickets in advance at artfairphilippines.com for 450 pesos. Once you’ve got your ticket, a myriad of special perks become available to you with Art Fair’s partner establishments.

For those looking to buy concession tickets, they’ll only be available on-site upon the presentation of a valid ID. Students with valid IDs, senior citizens, and PWDs are entitled to a 100-pesos discount, while Makati Students with valid IDs are eligible for a 250-pesos discount.

Now that you’ve got the specifics down, it’s time to block out your calendar from February 17 to 19 and get ready for the fair.

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