The first of its kind for Sydney, The Bayanihan Philippine Art Project is a collaborative, multi-venue celebration of Filipino art and cultural practice across five of the city's key public galleries this winter.
Mosman Art Gallery takes a lead role in the project with its presentation of Halò - an exhibition by internationally acclaimed installation artists, Alfredo Juan Aquilizan and Isabel Gaudinez-Aquilizan, alongside the creative talents of Sydney based multi-media artist, JD Reforma.
Perhaps the most ambitious installation ever to be shown at Mosman, the much-in-demand Aquilizan’s have filled the belly of Mosman Gallery with a large scale construction that dominates the main exhibition spaces hovering over (and between) two floors. It is a powerful and challenging statement sensitive to the social and complex issues of migration and of the artists' own personal history and transient experiences. The exhibition is supplemented by significant works from the artist’s own archive which reflect their practice of recycling materials and works wherever possible.
Taking over the Gallery’s Cube Space and it surrounding walls, is the work of JD Reforma, a young Sydney based artist with Filipino family heritage. Reforma’s layered video works convey aspects of the complex and often violent ways in which American culture has entered the Filipino psyche. In his digital and popular soundtrack mash-up Coconut Republic (2017), five films convey conflict, linked by the fact that each was shot on location in The Philippines but set elsewhere; Filipino jungles and landscapes serving as an aesthetic stand-in. Reforma also investigates notions of popular culture and the cult of celebrity in his darkly humorous Confidently Beautiful, with a heart (2017) a work about the Miss Universe 2015 pageant, at which Miss Philippines Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach was crowned winner. In conversation with the exhibition’s Curator Katrina Cashman, JD notes: I think it’s particularly resonant now to revisit and assess this post-Trump institute in the context of a very Trumpian reality.
A not to be missed contemporary art experience from this award winning public gallery - Halò is supported by a series of community events and public programs.
When: Saturday 1 July - Sunday 10 September
Where: Mosman Art Gallery