Marker 2016

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Untitled, 2013 © The Artist and 98B COLLABoratory
Towards 1001 Isthuses, 2012 © Image courtesy of Ringo Bunoan
Marker 2016
Curated by: Ringo Bunoan

Madinat Jumeirah
Al Sufouh Road, Umm Suqeim
United Arab Emirates
March 16th, 2016 - March 19th, 2016
Opening: March 14th, 2016 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

United Arab Emirates
+971 4 358 7121
works on paper, textiles, painting, video-art, sculpture, photography


In 2016, Marker turns its focus to the Philippines. Marker 2016 is the first such showcase of Filipino artists at any major international art fair and is the first such exhibition in the Middle East to date, aiming – as in previous editions of Marker – to nurture cultural exchange between its focus country and the Gulf. 

Led by curator-artist Ringo Bunoan, Marker 2016 highlights independent and artist-run spaces in Metro Manila, the capital of the Philippines. Artist-run spaces have long been vital spaces for the development of Manila's contemporary art scene, allowing artists to create and present works outside the conventional frameworks of museums and commercial galleries. Ringo worked closely with independent spaces  to develop a group exhibition that showcases a new generation of artists from the Philippines, in all its diversity; Marker 2016 encompasses divergent media, and addresses ideas of community, place, intervention, collaboration, labour and alternative economies.
Meet Ringo on the Art Dubai blog here.
The exhibition features 98BPost Gallery, Project 20Thousandfold, among others, and includes photographs, videos, paintings, soft sculptures, works on paper, and textiles by artists including Mark Barretto, Tammy David, Jed Escueta, Miguel Lope Inumerable, Gino Javier, Czar Kristoff, Wawi Navarozza, Katherine Nuñez, Jayson Oliveria, J Pacena, Julius Redillas, Issay Rodriguez, IC Jaucian, Gail Vicente, and Tanya Villanueva


Serving as an anchor to the exhibition is the work of Roberto Chabet (1937-2013), a pioneering Filipino conceptual artist, teacher, and curator who played an active role in several artist-run spaces throughout his lifetime. Marker 2016 will include a major installation by Chabet.


Alongside the exhibition of artworks, Marker 2016 will also feature a selection of artist books, monographs, zines, and other independent publications from the Philippines.  
Ringo Bunoan is an artist, curator and researcher based in Manila, Philippines. She was the co-founder of Big Sky Mind, an alternative space active from 1999 to 2004. From 2007 to 2013, she worked as the researcher for the Philippines for Asia Art Archive in Hong Kong where she initiated special research projects on artist-run spaces and Filipino conceptual artist Roberto Chabet. In 2010, she co-founded King Kong Art Projects Unlimited and was one of the lead curators of ‘Chabet: 50 Years’, a series of exhibitions in Singapore, Hong Kong and Manila from 2011 – 2012. In 2014, she co-founded, an independent bookstore focusing on Philippine art and culture. 


Marker 2016 is supported by The Prince Claus Fund for Culture and Development 



Wednesday, March 16 (Invitation Only)

4:00 - 9:30pm

Ladies Preview

1:00 - 4:00pm
Thursday, March 17 4:00 - 9:30pm
Friday, March 18 2:00 - 9:30pm
Saturday, March 19 12:00 - 6:30pm


Tickets to Art Dubai can be purchased onsite during the fair at the Welcome Desks.

One-Day Pass: 50 AED

Three-Day Pass: 80 AED


Children 18 years old and under are admitted free of charge. University students can also enter free upon show of student ID.