EVENT #: 67019
ITINERANT ITERATIONS an international art exhibit featuring the exceptional works of Filipino artists.
Current social dispensation as aided by advancements in technology marks a
the radical shift in forms of exchange. Transactions have become more fluid, from trivial personal interactions to serious political engagements. The world appears interconnected, yet the more fundamental concepts of shared humanity, respect for identity and unity in diversity are truths and truisms rarely observed in the midst of warring ideological, religious and economic standpoints.
This conflict, this eternal struggle for harmony and co-existence does not only affect the marginalized or the oppressed but the more sensitive elements of society as well. Cultural producers and artists included are (as products of history) wont to respond. And in this climate of uncertainty, art is increasingly being redefined as to its purpose other than its own end. Meaning-making has become more diversified as art’s merit does not revolve around its formal qualities alone. The means by which art attains significance now encompasses not only innovation and originality of vision but social dimension and relevance as well. And despite the art market’s often unscrupulous intervention, artists continue to assert art’s autonomy as they reconfigure how it is produced and distributed/consumed, allowing for a more democratic and alternative platform to flourish. One such platform among the many (such as artist-run spaces, ephemeral art practices, community-based interactive projects, etc.) is the artist-initiated event or gathering of artists in the form of exhibitions cum workshops cum festivals. These events thrive on sheer camaraderie and ingenuity that does not depend on institutional financial support. As such, artists themselves share the burden of logistics and monetary expenses if only to make the same significant cultural contribution as institutionally-funded projects do. This practice has been in vogue especially in the Southeast Asian region since the early Eighties. And at this juncture, it is but apt to acknowledge the Asian International Art Exhibition (AIAE), the Philippine International Performance Art Festival (PIPAF), the Asia Art Link (AAL) and a host of other events that followed suit. They all brought together artists of varied origins and cultures to foster a better understanding through artistic collaboration and interaction.