Almost There at the Vargas Museum
2 March – 6 May 2017
Opening reception: 2 March 2017, Thursday, 6:00pm
The Japan Foundation Asia Center and the Vargas Museum are pleased to announce Almost There, an exhibition at the University of the Philippines’ Jorge B. Vargas Museum and Filipiniana Research Center, co-curated by Patrick D. Flores (Vargas Museum) and Kyongfa Che (Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo). This group exhibition is presented as part of the Japan Foundation Asia Center’s Condition Report, a collaborative art project with emerging young curators from Japan and Southeast Asia.
Almost There began with a proposition, a fairly open one, but sufficiently pointed so that it could facet an angle from which to consider certain urgent concerns that the current world is facing as well as the complex history that had shaped it. The other impulse was to create opportunities for curatorial knowledge to be marked and conveyed across the generations. This aspect was sensitive to the process by which curation was demonstrated as a practice and in which emerging curators in the Philippines and Southeast Asia participated in carrying out the curatorial task along with peers who have had more exposure and experience in the field.
The exhibition attempts to create resonance among a wide range of research, as well as of expressions of contemporary art from diverse parts of the world, including Africa and Latin America, areas with which the Philippine public has very scant acquaintance. In doing so, it attempts to open up a new scope of imagination and reflection to animate existing modes of knowledge, histories and subjectivities. That is, to find the potentiality of the political in this evershifting ambiguity.
Almost There is supported by the University of the Philippines Office of the Chancellor and Department of Art Studies. Vargas Museum is located at the UP Campus, Diliman, Quezon City.
The museum is open for viewing from Tuesday to Saturday, 9:00am – 5:00pm.
For the latest updates about the exhibition, visit the Almost There Facebook event page or call the Vargas Museum at +63 (02) 928- 1927.