One of the most prolific and active contemporary artists of Manila today, Yason Banal has been exhibiting continuously and constantly while experimenting in different genres. He pauses to chat with Planting Rice in between exhibiting and teaching experimental cinema at the local University.
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Kevin Power wrote a crucial text delineating the climate of artistic practice in Manila through Manuel Ocampo's current curatorial endeavor "Bastards of Misrepresentation." This was originally published as a catalog essay for the first Bastards exhibition "Doing Time On Filipino Time" in Freies Museum Berlin from October 22 to November 21 2010.
Carlos Villa recalls growing up in San Francisco, living in the Tenderloin district and his exposure to racism, the influence of Leo Valledor, growing up Filipino in California and the difficulties that accompanied it.
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Maria Cruz has been living and working in Australia, Manila and Berlin. She discusses her navigation among these places and highlights their artistic climate in terms of education, production and the community's involvement. The painterly practice that informs even her video and installative works is likewise addressed in this correspondence. Through the other questions, Maria expresses a kinship between artists with whom she shares a mutual respect to.
2011 has An Xiao Mina increasingly engaged in China and the Philippines. Through her field of interest on the impact artistic practices make to the bigger social sphere, she recalls the projects and affiliates that raise awareness to issues in society that is often overlooked. This reflection draws threads between the two communities, and identifies that the internet is a big factor in mobilizing opportunities for change.