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With the title UnBound\, this exhibition explores how cultur e moves beyond cartographic or physical boundaries\, from the physical pass age of the object to questioning how ideas and histories are carried and re written\, responding to different criteria and value constructs.
Commi ssioned by the Australian Embassy Manila\, in partnership with the Yuchengc o Museum\, Australian curator Gina Fairley has turned to a group of six art ists who live between and across the Philippines and Australia. It is their self-driven passion for nearly two decades that has grown an incredible bo nd and influenced a next generation of artistic exchange.
2013 marks 2 0 years of Tony Twigg coming to Manila\, having presented over 12 solo exhi bitions within this art scene. Diokno Pasilan was involved with the Austral ia Centre as a host for visiting artists when it opened in the early 1990s. He now lives between Melbourne and Palawan and is active in both art scene s. Juni Salvador (who takes his oath on this coming Australia Day) lives ac ross and between Manila and Sydney. David Griggs in recent years has made Q uezon City his home\, and Maria Cruz’s career stretches from Sydney to Mani la to Berlin\, where she has exhibited and taught. This dialogue started in the 1930s\, when Scottish-born\, European-schooled artist Ian Fairweather spent time in the Philippines painting before making Australia his home. To ny Twigg’s installation Anak Bayan (again) draws tribute to that history at the foundation for this exhibition.
These artists are clearly unbound ed by ideas such as ‘nation-based identity\,’ rather choosing to embrace th e intuitive flow of ideas that comes from the movement between places.
UnBound is an exhibition that throws up fresh thoughts on how we define hi stories\, identity\, and movement in our times. Using the metaphor of an ai rport’s transit lounge as the point of intersection for coming and going\, arriving and departing—for ideas of home and away—this exhibition has a par ticularly contemporary feel to it with the frequency with which these artis ts move across our region.
UnBound is an acknowledgment of a long-held creative respect between Australia and the Philippines and the artists who have made both places their home.
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“All six artists ha ve been instrumental in taking the work of Filipino artist’s abroad—they ar e great ambassadors and have continued what the Australia Centre started in the 1990s.”
– general quote that you can use or apply.
“The arti sts in this exhibition have been particularly committed in their desire to live and work across our two countries – one that has been driven by passio n\,” said curator Gina Fairley. “As a curator it is fabulous to work with m aterial that connects with audiences of different locations in unique and l ocal ways. Clearly it is this passion that is felt.”
“How culture is t ransported\, repackaged by these artists\, and then interpreted by local au diences\, sits at the core of this exhibition. It is a both an expression a nd a questioning of our times.”
– Gina Fairley\, Australian curator
“The question most often asked is\, ‘So Tony\, where are you based?’ Whi le it is usually just friendly banter\, for me the answer is consequential. It attaches me to a place and defines me within nationalistic structures t hat govern ideas such as Australia’s cultural politics\, but also the kind of global art rhetoric that identifies artists such as myself as peripateti c - born here\, lives there\, lives and works. For me it is a much broader geographic experience that has little to do with cartography or categories. It is about space.”
– Tony Twigg\, Australian artist
“In our pra ctice we always try to make sense of how the materials on hand relate to an idea.”
– Alfredo &\; Isabel Aquilizan\, Filipino artists living in Australia
“Engagement is the key element in the work\; the inter huma n relations that go into the artistic production.” The Aquilizans continued \, “Our projects go beyond their material form. Our interest lies in the wo rks providing a platform for exchange through creative processes\, [and] ne gotiations with the audience.

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