Off Site/ Out of Sight
Curators: Claro & Eileen Ramirez
Venue: Communities within UP Diliman territory, Materials Recovery Facility
Off Site/ Out of Sight takes from the idea that much of the mangrove systems, or bakawan, constitute hidden but vital breeding grounds for life. Participating artists are asked to take this aspect of ‘invisibility’ and ‘inaccessibility’ into consideration as they interact with select communities within the UP Diliman territory. A number of artists will take on a six-month, immersive collaboration with willing households to creatively depict their conditions alongside competing interests in land and other resources. The intent behind these eco-social experiments is grounded in possibly utopic, but necessary, aspirations of crafting just schemes of sharing and living amidst persisting myths about autonomy and privilege.
Set off by artists’ visits to places like the Arboretum, Daang Tubo, Pook Malinis, Krus na Ligas,and CP Garcia beginning April last year, Off site/Out of sight hopes to activate the UP stud farm turned materials recovery facility through site specific work by individuals and artists collectives such as: Mars Bugaoan, Cagayan de Oro Arts Guild, Cavity Collective, Contemporists Collaborative, Talaandig Artists, Ohm David, Arvie Fetalvero, Lyra Garcellano , Alma Quinto, Claro Ramirez, the Angono-based group S16, Katti Sta Ana, Jose John Santos III and Pam Yan Santos, Ioannis Sicuya, Talaandig Artists, Angel Ulama, Ferdz Valencia, Oca Villamiel, WALA, Christoper Zamora, and Eric Zamuco, among others. Opening activities include sticker exchanges organized by Cavity Collective, a decker and off-road biker open, a one-day ride-thru of food trucks, and poetry jamming.
Set-up of art installations and interactions with UP Diliman residents at the Materials Recovery Facility (former Stud Farm)