The Chaos on the Ground

Lyra GARCELLANO (artist) and Alice SARMIENTO (Fellow)

© Lyra Garcellano

After the polemics and problematizing of memes, monumentality, and masculinity, Lyra GARCELLANO and Alice SARMIENTO will discuss questions of “now what?” Having constructed diagrams and mapped structures that constrain artists and art workers in the Philippines, Garcellano charts the fervent, albeit naive, hope that continues to spring amidst the mess. Through Garcellano’s maps and diagrams, the two hope to make sense of the chaotic fringes forming outside of the institutional, the monumental, and the grand.

THIS IS A HYBRID EVENT. You can either participate in the event on-site in Künstlerhaus Büchsenhausen or follow the event online, via Zoom and Facebook. You will receive the Zoom link after registering via Eventbrite.

Alice Sarmiento (*1985; Manila, PH) is a writer, independent curator, and animal welfare worker. She has written extensively on topics such as the representation of the Filipina labor diaspora in contemporary art, the cultural ramifications of Duterte’s war on drugs, and how these phenomena relate to a feminist future. Alice was an awardee in the 2015 edition of the Japan Foundation Asia Center’s curatorial development program and a 2019 fellow in Cultural Journalism at the Akademie Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart. In 2021, she was among the residents of the Young Curators Residency Program of the Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo in Torino Italy.

Lyra Garcellano’s research centers on investigating art ecosystems and historical narratives. She is particularly interested in how prevailing economic models affect artistic practice. She holds a BFA in Studio Arts from the Ateneo de Manila University and an MA in Art Theory and Criticism from the University of the Philippines.


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