Despite her hectic schedule, Trickie Lopa, one of the founders of Art Fair Philippines, was kind enough to take some time out to speak to us about this year's fair. Read on to find out what she is excited most about for this year's edition of Art Fair Philippines, and what to expect from the fair!
Every year, we take time discussing whom we invite to do special solo presentations for the fair. Discussions with these artists begin early on, and I suppose, these essentially kick off preparations for the forthcoming fair. So, as it probably has been for the past four years, I am looking forward to our special exhibits. We have nine artists who have a whole range of work to showcase.
Our mission for the fair has always been to expand the audience for Philippine contemporary art, especially among the locals. The fair’s educational dimension is a paramount concern. To ensure that we emphasize these goals, we have partnered up with two institutions, the Ateneo Art Gallery and the Museum Foundation of the Philippines.
We've expanded the fair to occupy The Link’s 5th floor, which houses the fair’s lecture-lounge. With the Ateneo Art Gallery, we’ve organized twice-daily talks which we hope will deepen the audience’s experience of contemporary art, and will spur their interest even further.
We’ve also heavily promoted our Beyond The Link program, primarily the tours to various museums put together by the Museum Foundation of the Philippines, the organization that supports the National Museum and its network. We want to emphasize that the art scene expands beyond the fair, and there is much to see and discover.
Hopefully, more artists doing work that will make an impact not just commercially, but critically as well.
Definitely the special exhibitions.
Allow us to get over the 2016 edition first!
The Artling is a Media Partner for Art Fair Philippines 2016.
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