Curatorial Intensive in Manila: Public Symposium

Curatorial Intensive in Manila: Public Symposium
Monday, November 21, 2016

Metropolitan Museum of Manila
Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Complex
Manila, Philippines
FREE and open to the public

The participants of the Curatorial Intensive in Manila will each present their exhibition and project proposals they have developed throughout the course of the week.

Symposium Schedule
Session 1: 10:00–11:30am
Break: 11:30–11:45am
Session 2: 11:45am–1:15pm

The Curatorial Intensive is a weeklong professional development program that brings together emerging curators for the opportunity to exchange ideas, develop their curatorial practice, and learn from their colleagues. Please see the program page for further information.

Participants include: Mónica Amieva (Mexico City, Mexico), Amara Antilla (New York, NY), Kristoffer Ardeña (Bacolod, Philippines), Con Cabrera (Quezon City, Philippines), Patricia Cariño (San Jose, CA), Avie Felix (Manila, Philippines), Tessa Maria Guazon (Quezon City, Philippines), Jorell Legaspi (Doha, Qatar), Joleen Loh (Singapore, Singapore), Carlos Quijon, Jr. (Quezon City, Philippines), Asli Seven (Istanbul, Turkey), and Sydney Stoudmire (Chicago, IL).

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Public Talks at the Metropolitan Museum of Manila, November 22
Speakers include Renaud Proch, Joselina Cruz, Cosmin Costinas, and Maria Lind
This is a ticketed event.
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November 21, 2016

Metropolitan Museum of Manila
Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Complex
Roxas Boulevard
Malate-Manila (1554), Philippines


Mónica Amieva

Mónica Amieva is researcher and professor, currently working as Deputy Director for Public Programs at Museo Universitario Arte Contemporáneo. She holds a PhD in Contemporary Philosophy, a MA in Art Theory from the Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona (UAB) and contributes regularly to various publications and workshops. Amieva was the author of Nosotros, the online reader for SITAC XI estar-los-unos-con-los-otros. She participated in the curatorial workshop A Toolbox for Cultural Organisation (31st Bienal de São Paulo, 2014) and recently, in the program Université d’été. Bricolage et contre-cultures à l’ère de la reproductibilité technique (Bibliothèque Kandinsky-Centre Pompidou, 2016). As a professor of Philosophy and Aesthetics, Amieva has worked at the UAB; Universidad Iberoamericana; SOMA; 17, Instituto de Estudios Críticos and Academia de San Carlos (UNAM), among others. She has also worked as curator of education at the 4th edition of the BBVA Bancomer-MACG Program (De la formación a lo público, 2014-2016 in collaboration with Willy Kautz), Museo Tamayo Arte Contemporáneo, Museo Experimental el Eco, the Peggy Guggenheim Collection and Proyecto Meteoro / Escuelas de Oficios. Amieva is co-founder of Plataforma Arte Educación (PAE), a collective initiative that has develop experimental sharing projects in Mexico City such as Transversales (2016-2018), Documento, memoria y partitura (2015), Radiales: situaciones experimentales de escucha (2014), Campo de pruebas 1+1=11 (SITAC XI, 2013) and Laboratorio de mediación (2012).

Amara Antilla

Amara Antilla is an Assistant Curator at the Guggenheim Museum where she works with international modern and contemporary art. She has assisted on the retrospectives of Lee Ufan (2011), V.S. Gaitonde (2014-15), and Monir Farmanfarmaian (2015) and the Guggenheim UBS MAP Global Art Initiative (2016-18). Independently, she has organized programs in partnership with Clark House Initiative, Mumbai; Dhaka Art Summit; Northern Spark, Minneapolis; and N. K. Projekt, Berlin among others. Antilla was awarded an Asian Cultural Council grant for art history in 2015–16. She studied art history at Tufts University, the Museum School, and Hunter College, City University of New York.

Kristoffer Ardeña

Kristoffer Ardeña is a curator who lives between Negros Island (Philippines) and Madrid (Spain). He is the recipient of various awards and scholarships: a full undergraduate scholarship at the Academy of Art in San Francisco, California (USA), scholarship awarded by the Ministry of Culture from Luxembourg, the Academy in Rome award and the Cajamadrid Generaciones in Spain. Individual projects include: Museo Carrillo Gil in Mexico, Selesar Sunaryo Art Space, Ruang Mes56 and Cemeti Art House (Indonesia), Vargas Museum and the Cultural Center of the Philippines in Manila (Philippines),Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo Museum (Madrid), La Conservera Centro de Arte Contemporáneo (Murcia), Spain. He has also participated in various collective projects, among them the 3rd Bucharest Biennale (Romania), 3rd Guangzhou Triennale (China), Konstholl C in Stockholm (Sweden), Caixa Forum in Barcelona and La Casa Encendida in Madrid, MUSAC in León (Spain), Casino Forum d’Art Contemporain (Luxembourg), Apexart in New York (USA), Museo Ex Teresa Arte Actual (Mexico and the Museo de Arte Moderno in Medellin (Colombia). Ardeña created the curatorial platform Moving Image Lab Filipinas (MILF) which creates experimental exhibition formats.

Con Cabrera

Con Cabrera (b. 1981, Philippines) is a visual artist and independent curator. She graduated at the University of Santo Tomas with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, and is now pursuing her masters at the University of the Philippines under the Curatorial Studies program. She started joining group exhibitions in 2006, had her first solo show in 2011, and her first independent curatorial project was in 2012. She has attended the following curatorial workshops: the Vargas Museum and Japan Foundation Third Curatorial Development Program in 2014, Independent Curators International’s Curatorial Intensive Manila in 2016, and San Art’s Uncommon Pursuits 2018, a temporary school for emergent curators in Southeast Asia in Saigon, Vietnam. She participated in Rikuzentakata Artist in Residence Program in Iwate, Japan as researcher in 2017 and contributed essays on art to publications such as Traffic Vol. 1 and Purveyr magazine. She was part of the curatorial team of the first Manila Biennale 2018 under the Open City exhibition program held at Intramuros, Manila. In 2019, she came back to Rikuzentakata City to co-curate RT AIR and Sanriku Festival’s Kesen Art and Life Potluck Sharing exhibition, talk event and art marche that was participated by local and international artists and collaborators. She embeds her current projects into the navigation of her state as a woman enclosed by the politics of housework, parenting, the private space and ideology, while gradually expanding to cultural work in the larger society. In her recent works, she mindfully bonds her art production and conceptualization to writings on art, culture and history.

Patricia Cariño Valdez

Patricia Cariño Valdez is an independent curator and project manager based in Oakland, CA. Her current projects include: curating Super Sarap at Erica Broussard Gallery (Formerly Gallery 6/6/7) in Santa Ana, CA; developing public programs related to special exhibitions such as The World of Charles and Ray Eames and Queer California: Untold Stories at the Oakland Museum of California; and researching and writing as part of Casa de Palomitas, a collaborative research and writing project with Cesar Valdez. She formerly served as the Curator and Director of Public Programs at the San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) in California. While there, she developed public engagement initiatives including ICA Live!, a performance art program, and Talking Art, a series of panel discussions and artist lectures, portfolio reviews, and workshops. Prior to the ICA, Valdez created public programs that were invested in the the intersection of arts and sciences at the Exploratorium in San Francisco. Additionally, Valdez worked closely with a San Francisco art advisor to help build and expand private art collections throughout the U.S.  Her curatorial projects have been held at the San Francisco State University, Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts (San Francisco, CA), Asian Contemporary Arts Consortium (San Francisco, CA), Oakland Museum of California, Pro Arts (Oakland, CA), California College of the Arts (San Francisco, CA), and numerous independent galleries and art spaces in the Bay Area. In 2016, she was selected to participate in the Independent Curators International Curatorial Intensive in Manila, Philippines. She was born in Manila and grew up along the West Coast of the U.S. Valdez earned a BA in History of Art from the University of California, Berkeley and an MA in Curatorial Practice from the California College of the Arts.

Avie Felix

Avie Felix is a teacher, writer, multi-disciplinary artist, and advocate of gender, culture and environment. A graduate of Art Studies from the University of the Philippines, she taught cinema studies and interdisciplinary courses at the UP Film Institute for a few years while serving as coordinator of the UP Film Center. As a writer, she has worked in different forms and genres, having contributed academic, research and feature articles, as well as literary works. Her work in the visual arts is focused on new media and exploration of materials not commonly used in fine art forms. Avie also has a body of work in performing arts as actress, choreographer, writer and producer. In 2009, Avie co-founded a year-round art school for all ages called the Young Artists’ Studio (YAS), where she served as program director. As program director of YAS, she is in charge of the curricula, programs, and students’ exhibitions. In curating YAS exhibitions, she discovered her interest in creating experiences for exhibition viewers. In 2012, Avie started to manage a small art space (vMeme Art Projects) where she is able to collaborate with artists, art collectives, and organizations. Most of the projects she has curated are in the interest of creating opportunities and venues for advocacy-oriented artists to expose them to a wider audience.

Tessa Maria Guazon

Tessa Maria Guazon is a curator and educator based in Manila. She developed the proposal for the Southeast Asia Neighbourhood Network during the ICI workshop in Manila. This is a research project with women artists Alma Quinto and Nathalie Dagmang with pedagogy as a central goal. She is part of the interlocutor program for the 10th Asia Pacific Triennial organized by the Queensland Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art in Brisbane, Australia. She is the coordinator for Exhibitions and Curatorial Analysis for the Philippine Contemporary Art Network. Her current project for the network considers curation and curating as collectivist practices. In 2019, she launched Curating in Local Contexts workshops with colleagues Louise Salas and Mayumi Hirano. The workshops aim to understand how curation is practiced in the Philippines, within specific conditions of possibilities and constraints.

Jorell Legaspi

Jorell Legaspi is a curator based in Doha, Qatar. Although born and raised in the Arab Gulf, his involvement in curatorial practice began in the Philippines. As Cultural and Public Relations Officer at the Alliance Française de Manille from 2003 to 2005, he was responsible for exhibitions and events production, communications, and maintaining relationships with artists, media, patrons, and galleries. In 2005, he returned to Qatar where he worked in magazine publishing and as a photographer. In 2010, Legaspi joined the founding team of Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art as Creative Head of Communications. Collaborating with its curatorial and strategy teams in shaping the museum’s public image and identity before and after opening, he managed the delivery of a wide range of brand applications, exhibition graphics, educational and interpretive resources, multimedia content, publications, and advertising campaigns. Recent projects include: “Cai Guo-Qiang: Saraab” (2011), “Tea with Nefertiti” (2012), “Adel Abdessemed: L’âge d’or” (2013), the “Pop-up Mathaf” series and Art Dubai’s Global Art Forum. From 2013 to 2015, Legaspi served as Head of Publications at the Museum of Islamic Art where he established and led editorial and design workflows for all printed collateral and interpretive materials. He also authored the museum’s first publications policy and started its internal publications committee. He received a BA in Broadcast Communication at the University of the Philippines in 2001. Currently, he is completing his MA in Museum and Gallery Practice studies at UCL Qatar, an offshore campus of University College London. He recently completed a three-month placement at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) where he assisted in the Education and Public Practice department’s Public Dialogue curatorial projects.

Joleen Loh

Joleen Loh is an Assistant Curator at National Gallery Singapore. She is also part of the curatorial team that is responsible for the DBS Singapore Gallery, a long-term exhibition space that surveys art in Singapore from the 19th century to the present. Her research is currently focused on art in Southeast Asia from the 1960s onwards, including the artistic exchanges and art historical entanglements between Britain and Singapore. She was formerly Curatorial Associate at the Institute of Contemporary Arts Singapore, where she developed its exhibitions and public programs from 2012 to 2014. She graduated with an MA in History of Art from University College London, United Kingdom, which was supported by a National Arts Council postgraduate scholarship. She also holds a BA in Art History and Asian Studies from the University of Melbourne, Australia. Her past projects include A Fact Has No Appearance: Art Beyond the Object (2016) (curatorial assistant), Earth Work 1979 (2016) (curatorial assistant), Busan Biennale 2014: Special Projects (2014) (co-curator), SOUND: Latitudes and Attitudes (2014) (co-curator), Lost to the Future: Contemporary Art from Central Asia (2013) (curatorial assistant), and Lee Wen: Lucid Dreams in the Reverie of the Real (2011) (curatorial assistant).

Carlos Quijon, Jr.

Carlos Quijon, Jr. (b. 1989) is an art historian, critic, and curator based in Manila. He is a fellow of the research platform Modern Art Histories in and across Africa, South and Southeast Asia (MAHASSA), convened by the Getty Foundation’s Connecting Art Histories project. He writes exhibition reviews for Artforum and his research is part of the book From a History of Exhibitions Towards a Future of Exhibition-Making (Sternberg Press, 2019). He has published in MoMA’s post (US), Queer Southeast Asia, ArtReview Asia (Singapore), Art Monthly (UK), Asia Art Archive’s Ideas (HK), and Trans Asia Photography Review (US), among others. He is an alumnus of the Ateneo National Writers Workshop in Manila and the inaugural Para Site Workshops for Emerging Professionals in Hong Kong in 2015 and was a scholar participant of the symposium “How Institutions Think” hosted by LUMA Foundation in Arles in 2016. In 2017, he was a research resident in MMCA Seoul and a fellow of the Transcuratorial Academy both in Berlin and Mumbai. He curated Courses of Action in Hong Kong in 2019, A will for prolific disclosures in Manila and co-curated Minor Infelicities in Seoul in 2020. Most recently, he co-curated the exhibition In Our Best Interests: Afro-Southeast Asia Affinities during a Cold War in Singapore in 2021.

Asli Seven

Asli Seven is a curator and writer based between Istanbul and Paris. Her recent curatorial projects include the solo exhibition of Murat Akagunduz, “Vertigo” at Arter, Istanbul with a series of commissioned sound performances and the group exhibition “Casting the Circle” at Galerist, Istanbul, focusing on the metamorphic relationships between landscapes and human body. In 2015 she completed the curatorial training program Ecole du Magasin in Grenoble, France where she produced “Take You There Radio,” a temporary radio broadcast as exhibition bringing together curators, artists, researchers and musicians. Between 2012-2014 she worked as artist liaison in Istanbul’s Galeri Mana, where she also established a line of gallery publications and served as editor for artist books, monographs and catalogs. Her writing has been published in Art Unlimited Magazine, Arte East Quarterly, Harper’s Bazaar Art Arabia, Agos and She contributed in publications ranging from exhibition catalogs, monographs and artist books for Arter, Galeri Mana, Galerist and more recently Collectorspace in Istanbul. She is currently a PhD candidate at the Document and Contemporary Art Program, European School of Visual Arts, France and freelance curatorial consultant for Galerist, Istanbul.

Sydney Stoudmire

Sydney Stoudmire is an independent curator and the Executive Director of Woman Made Gallery (WMG), an organization dedicated to creating equality in the art world. At WMG, Stoudmire facilitates public programming, through artist and curator gallery talks, symposia and panel discussion, workshops, and performances, with the goal of creating a hub for lively and provocative, inter-generational and intra-community cultural conversations that heighten awareness and understanding of complex structural inequalities relating to race, class, gender, and ability. Stoudmire’s work is rooted in developing strategies for modifying policies and practices to produce equal opportunities and outcomes for marginalized populations in the arts, and providing opportunities for artists and cultural producers to develop and present new work. Stoudmire is a graduate from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Art History and Arts Administration. Recent projects include “Entirely Myself” (2016) featuring paintings by Lili Elbe—the first recipient of gender confirmation surgery; and The Pretty Nasty Imagination of Adele Supreme (2016), a solo exhibition presenting works large scale erotic drawings/paintings that beckon viewers discern perception from subjection, find liberation in hidden meaning, and get lost in a wonderland where matriarchy reigns.

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