August 3-31, 2023
In 2021, the Museum Collective in Manila, in collaboration with Load na Dito Projects, Sa Sa Art Projects (ACC 2019) in Phnom Penh, and project collaborator Gerome Soriano, invited contemporary artists from the Philippines and Cambodia to respond to the ever-present discussion on collective historiography and memorialization of tragic histories in both countries. Originally exhibited in Phnom Penh, Visualizing Histories will now open its first exhibition in Manila at the National Commission of Culture and the Arts (NCCA) Gallery.
The exhibition of international artists highlights a number of contemporary art works which critically inform the current conversation in Southeast Asia on traumatic memories, contested histories, and historiography. Filipino artists Jo Tanierla, Eunice Sanchez, and Jel Suarez, all born after Martial Law and EDSA Revolution, and Cambodian artists Choulay Mech, Kanha Hul, and Song Seakleng, all born after the Khmer Rouge, present contemporary artistic visualizations following their collaborative explorations and negotiations towards understanding and responding to traumatic histories.
In 2019, Sofia Santiago (ACC 2020) and Ana Tamula (ACC 2020) founded The Museum Collective to provide support to museum educators in the Philippines. The Museum Collective connects and collaborates with cultural workers, museum workers, educators, and artists to initiate contextualized practices and programs that are responsive to the needs of the times.
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