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Condition Report: Almost There


The Japan Foundation Asia Center will present "Condition Report" in 2017, a collaborative art project by curators from Japan and Southeast Asian Countries.
"Condition Report" is composed two parts. The first phase of the project consists of 4 major collaborative exhibitions held in Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, Manila and Bangkok. The second phase consists of 14 local exhibitions.
"Almost There" in Manila is the third collaborative exhibition of this project.

Event detail

Title Condition Report: Almost There
Period March 2 - May 6, 2017
Venue Jorge B. Vargas Museum, University of the Philippines, Diliman
Organizers Jorge B. Vargas Museum, University of the Philippines, Diliman

The Japan Foundation Asia Center

Co-Curators Patrick D. Flores[Curator, Jorge B. Vargas Museum](Philippines)

Che Kyongfa[Curator, Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo](Japan)

Co-Curators Ayos Purwoaji Surip Mawardi[Lecturer, Ciputra University](Indonesia)

Lisa Ito-Tapang[Instructor, College of Fine Arts, University of the Philippines](Philippines)

Lyno Vuth[Artistic Director, Sa Sa Art Project](Cambodia)

Universe Baldoza (Philippines)

Carolina Caycedo (UK / Colombia / USA)

Cian Dayrit (Philippines)

Ho Rui An (Singapore)

Winner Jumalon (Philippines)

Kapwani Kiwanga (Canada / France)

Runo Lagomarsino (Sweden / Brazil)

An-My Lê (Vietnam / USA)

Miyagi Futoshi (Japan)

Nousaku Fuminori (Japan)

Philippine Educational Theater Association/PETA (Philippines)

Shen Shaomin (China)

Maria Taniguchi (Philippines)

Adrienne Vergara (Philippines)

The Japan Foundation, Manila

UP Vargas Museum (Facebook)

[The brochure of "Condition Report" (PDF/4.48MB)]

[Curators' Message]

The exhibition responds to and tries to explore a phrase from a particular study of spiritual life and spectacle in a Philippine province. Fenella Cannell proposes the notion of "intimacy and power" to define the process of shaping affinity and sympathy with others. Such a process always involves the effort to imitate but not to repeat, to belong but not to assimilate, and to share the experience with mutual investments. At the same time, it is driven by interest, by the desire to be recognized, the aspiration to be visible. The exhibition explores this tension between distance and kinship. Thus, the title speaks of a gap, an "intense proximity" that does not quite touch the address, the place to be, or the destination as yet.

Included in the exhibition are works/projects by selected artists in various media including painting, sculpture, film/video, installation and performance, and small-scale curatorial projects by three curators: Ayos Purwoaji Surip Mawardi, Lisa Ito-Tapang and Lyno Vuth that respond to a specific work by a participating artist or to a context drawn from the concept of the exhibition. Several works/projects include the element of direct, in-depth interaction with the public that spills out of the gallery space; a number of activities will be held in the form of walks, performances, lectures and discussions throughout the exhibition period, many of which will take place at the architectural platform built by Nousaku Fuminori with Rosario Encarnacion-Tan at the Vargas Lawn.

(Patrick D. Flores & Che Kyongfa)