Art Fair Philippines shines the spotlight on photography

To increase awareness for photography as a form of contemporary art and to expand its collectability among Filipinos, Art Fair Philippines 2018, happening on March 1 to 4 at The Link carpark in Makati City, is introducing a new section, the ARTFAIRPH/PHOTO, presented by Swiss private bank Julius Baer.

Neal Oshima, one of the foremost practitioners in contemporary Philippine photography, presents Kin, an exhibit of new works that pay visual tribute to Philippine tribes and indigenous traditions. He also works with curator Angel Velasco Shaw for another exhibit, Provocations, which intends to show a range of established and emerging documentary photographers.

Neal Oshima

ArtFairPH/Photo will also feature works of Filipino-Catalan photographer Eduardo Masferre, to be organized by 1335 Mabini. From 1934 to 1956, Masferre recorded in images the way of life of indigenous people of the Cordillera Mountains such as the Bontok, Kankana-ey, Kalinga, Gaddang, and Ifugao.

Adrien Missika (-1981), Solid Colors, 2013, C-Print, 35 x 52.5 cm. From the Julius Baer Art Collection

Selected photographs from the Julius Baer Art Collection will also be on view. The bank’s collection specializes in works by contemporary Swiss artists and pursues the concept of promising young talents.

“With the interesting selection and body of works that will be presented in the inaugural year of ArtFairPH/Photo, we are excited to see how photography will continue to find its place in our local art scene,” said Lisa Periquet, one of the fair’s co-founders.

“Pond and Floe,” 2015, Lambda-Prints on Alu-Dibond, each 80 x 60 cm, by Florian Graf from the Julius Baer Art Collection

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