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writings, projects and exhibitions of Clarissa Chikiamco

Sunday, November 18, 2012

The Life and Art of Lee Aguinaldo: Winner at the National Book Awards!

The Life and Art of Lee Aguinaldo, written by Victoria (Boots) Herrera, myself, Cid Reyes and Rod Paras-Perez, was awarded the National Book Award, Alfonso Ongpin Prize (art category), at the awarding ceremonies at the National Museum yesterday, 17 November 2012.

The book was published by Vibal Foundation and the Ateneo Art Gallery in 2011. Many thanks goes to the staff of Vibal Foundation, the Ateneo Art Gallery (Richie Lerma, Yael Buencamino, Joel de Leon, Ian Carlo Jaucian and Thea Garing), photographer Cocoy Lumbao, those whom we interviewed and helped contribute to the book, particularly Pandy Aviado, Wig Tysmans, Roberto Chabet, Eric Torres and most especially, the family of Lee Aguinaldo: Melba Arribas (Lee's partner) and his sons Leo and Danny.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

OTHER, exhibition at Picasso Hotel

Dina Gadia, Observations on Tropical Disorders, 2012, collage
Altro Mondo Gallery and Picasso Boutique Serviced Residences present the group exhibition, OTHER. Featuring books, artworks, a film, Mabini art and other tourist items, the show opens on 12 November 2012, Monday, at 6 pm at the lobby, 2nd and 4th floor of Picasso Residences.

A site-specific exhibition, “Other” examines ideas of stereotypes, exoticization and authenticity. It looks into foreign consumption, perception, and the willing fulfillment of this demand. Artists whose works are included in the exhibition are Dina Gadia, Jevijoe Vitug, Kawayan de Guia, Mark Salvatus, Manny Montelibano, and Yee I-Lann.

Other is curated by Clarissa Chikiamco and is supported by Pablo, The Drawing Room, Silverlens and Valentine Willie Fine Art Galleries. The show runs until December 22, 2012 with opening hours from 10 am to 7 pm for the 4th floor gallery and film on the 2nd floor. 

The Picasso Boutique Serviced Residences is at 119 L.P. Leviste St., Salcedo Village Makati City, Philippines 1227. For inquiries, please call the gallery at +632-828-4774, 501-3270, or email

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Tad Ermitano, Twinning Machine, Ed. 1 of 25, at the Ateneo Art Gallery

Do check out the documentation of Tad Ermitano's performance with dancer Tolo Maravillas, music by Caliph8, in a computer augmented dance performance, using Tad's work Twinning Machine, an interactive video installation, recently acquired by the Ateneo Art Gallery as part of their inaugural collection of video art. The performance was held at the Ateneo Art Gallery last 5 October, Friday evening. The exhibition of the inaugural collection runs until 10 November 2012 and, asides from Tad's Twinning Machine, features the works of Martha Atienza, Yason Banal, Kiri Dalena, Manny Montelibano, Kaloy Olavides, Mark Salvatus, Gerry Tan and Maria Taniguchi. I was curator of the acquisition and exhibition for Ateneo and flew in to give a talk last weekend. Kaloy Olavides' works will be only available for viewing at certain dates and times. Please call Ateneo Art Gallery at (632) 426.6488 for more information.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Moved to Singapore

I'm working on getting documentation of my past projects up but it will have to follow over the next few months. I have moved to Singapore to take a job as a curator with a new institution that will open in 2015. I am very delighted and excited over this opportunity and I am looking forward to having new dimensions in my curatorial practice.

I am also happy to announce that two of the exhibitions I have curated, Gilubong ang Akon Pusod sa Dagat (My Navel is Buried in the Sea), the solo show of Martha Atienza, (shown first in the Office of Culture and Design, Bantayan Island; then Gallery Orange, Bacolod, as part of Cinema Rehiyon; and in Pablo X Gallery, Makati), and Untitled (Celestial Motors), the solo show of Maria Taniguchi (as part of Visual Pond's End Frame Video Art Project 3: Philippine video art festival), have won two of the three 2012 Ateneo Art Awards. Martha Atienza was also awarded the residencies in Singapore, Liverpool and Australia.

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Washed Out, a solo show of Kiri Dalena, opens 7 June 2012

Washed Out, a solo exhibition of artist Kiri Dalena, opens at Finale Art File’s Tall Gallery on June 7, 2012, Thursday, at 6 pm. Running until the 30th of June with an artist talk on June 16, Saturday, at 5.30 pm, the exhibition presents a video installation which focuses on the effect of typhoon Sendong in Iligan.
The videos in the exhibition consist of documentation taken by Dalena during the aftermath of Sendong. An installation of logs, three of thousands which had been washed out during the typhoon, provides a certain tangible presence of the event within the space.
The exhibition is curated by Clarissa Chikiamco and presented with the support of Canon Philippines. Finale Art File is at Warehouse 17, La Fuerza Compound, 2241 Chino Roces Avenue, Makati Metro Manila. It is open Mondays to Saturdays, 10 am-7 pm, and may be reached or at (632) 813.2310. Visit

Thursday, March 8, 2012

End Frame 3: Maria Taniguchi's Untitled (Celestial Motors)

END FRAME VIDEO ART PROJECT 3, the Philippine Video Art Festival,
together with Silverlens 20Square, presents
a solo exhibition of Maria Taniguchi
Opening on Thurs, 15 March 2012, 6 pm.
Exhibition runs until 14 April 2012.

End Frame Video Art Project 3: Present, the 2011-2012 Philippine video art festival, together with Silverlens 20Square, presents MariaTaniguchi’s solo exhibition, Untitled (Celestial Motors). The show opens at Silverlens 20Square on 15 March 2012, Thursday, at 6 pm and runs until14 April.
Untitled (Celestial Motors) features Taniguchi’s video of the Philippine jeepney, using one from the Celestial Motors factory in San Pablo. Focusing on an unadorned unpainted jeepney of stainless steel shot against a white backdrop, the video bares the jeepney as an object of study. Through simple, crisp and startling takes showing the jeepney stripped into its basic form, the video distances from any specific context and instead acts as framework in accommodating the full weight of this iconic vehicle.
Maria Taniguchi studied sculpture at the University of the Philippines and graduated with an MFA in Art Practice from Goldsmiths, London. She took part in the LUX Associate Artists Program and recently won the 2011 Ateneo Art Awards. Her practice considers information, juxtaposition and relationships of her subjects of study. She lives and works between London and Manila and will soon do a residency at Artspace Auckland in New Zealand.
Taniguchi’s Untitled (Celestial Motors) is also the sixth offering of End Frame Video Art Project 3, a project of the non-profit organization Visual Pond. Throughout the Philippine video art festival, artists stage a solo show presenting new video work in various venues from 2011 to 2012. Curated by Clarissa Chikiamco, the theme of the third edition, Present, refers to the project’s focus on the current video art practices of selected Philippine contemporary artists. Taniguchi’s exhibition follows the End Frame 3 shows of Tad ErmitaƱo, Manny Montelibano, Chitz Ramirez, Kiri Dalena and Kaloy Olavides. End Frame 3 caps with an exhibition by Yason Banal later this year.
Untitled (Celestial Motors) is made possible through the support of the LUX Associate Artists Program/Leverhulme Fund, London, UK.The show will be viewable throughout its run between Monday to Friday, 10 am to 7 pm, and Saturday, 1 to 6 pm (Closed Holy Week from 5 to 9 April).Silverlens 20Square is located on 2320 Pasong Tamo Extension, Makati. Call (632) 816.0044 or visit For inquiries onVisual Pond projects and End Frame 3, visit or email