ACC grantee Dr. Patrick Flores curates this exhibition that responds to the contexts surrounding the commemoration of the 500 years of the first circumnavigation of the world through the works of Philippine contemporary artists. It threads through simultaneously local and global events such as Ferdinand Magellan’s voyage, the triumph of Lapu-Lapu, and the first Catholic Mass in Asia. Recalling these historical moments serves as an opportunity for the artists to interpret the implications of a fraught history in the pandemic present and the contemporary reflections evoked by it.

This landmark exhibition is highlighted by works of 30 leading Filipino artists including fellow grantees Ambie Abaño, Anton del Castillo, Dex Fernandez, Leeroy New, and Kidlat Tahimik.

“Galleon” by Anton del Castillo, oil on embossed gold leaf panel, 3x5 ft, 2021

“Conquistador” by Leeroy New, Plastic bottles, cable tie, glass head, 112x33x67 cm, 2021