I write and teach about art. I am assistant professor at the Department of Art Studies, University of the Philippines Diliman where I teach courses in art history, criticism, public art and cities. I also write commissioned essays for exhibitions as well as art and film reviews.
I love the wonder that resides in art and its capacities to reclaim the senses rendering them astute compass in a world burdened by stimuli. I love the intricacies of crafting, the subtleties of meaningful conversations, and the power of word and image to ferry the imagination.
My research project centres on contemporary public art practices in cities. I consider economies of artistic production, orbits of circulation and reception, and the possible ways contemporary art can mediate the public sphere. I have done field work on the topic in the Philippines, Thailand and Indonesia, in the last two countries in 2014 for my Asian Public Intellectuals Fellowship sponsored by The Nippon Foundation. I lived in Singapore for various periods (for a fellowship at the Asia Research Institute in 2007 and as researcher at the National Gallery Singapore through the Singapore International Foundation between 2010 and 2011. I finished a research residency at the Fukuoka Asian Art Museum Japan this March 2017.
This 2017, we launched the Southeast Asia Neighborhoods Network at ICAS 10 in Chiang Mai. For this project, I am principal researcher for Manila. I will work closely with visual artists in exploring contemporary art both as approach and method to examine the dynamics between art and urban development.
I am also co-curating an exhibition Tropical Cyclone at the Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts Taipei, Taiwan to open in October. In December, we will launch the Philippine Contemporary Art Network, a platform for Philippine contemporary art for which I will do an exhibition that examines the idea of the region. I am also coordinator of an art collection inventory project for the University of the Philippines Diliman.
I practice yoga avidly, read voraciously, dream of a garden and a desk with a view of an old, gnarled tree.
The imagination affords us unprecedented freedom. I claim mine by way of words and art.