Posted: May 18, 2017
Is there such a thing as Asian Modern/Contemporary Art? This is an age-old question leveled by Western critics who go so far as to claim that Asian contemporary artists are largely derivative of Western Art practices.
The Inverted Telescope cultural symposium at the Philippine Women’s University on Wednesday, June 14, 2017 will stimulate fresh dialogues on the themes of “appropriation,” “co-optation,” and “adaptation.”
Angel Velasco Shaw, a media artist, cultural organizer and educator who is organizing the PWU symposium, invited a select group of artists to create original artworks that will be shown in concurrent exhibitions at The Drawing Room Gallery (from May 27 to June 20, 2017) and the CCP (from June 7 to July 9, 2017). The artists were asked to respond to the debate about Asian contemporary art and to use their organic creative processes to explore and interpret them in a more Filipino or Filipinized context.
The Inverted Telescope Symposium is hosted by PWU/Institute for Heritage, Culture and the Arts. It will feature a diverse range of artists including National Artist Bienvenido Lumbera, filmmaker Raymond Red, choreographer Denisa Reyes, Paris-based Ifugao artist Gaston Damag, playwright Liza Magtoto, novelist R. Zamora Linmark, art historian Eileen Legaspi Ramirez and designer Baby Imperial.
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