Philippines to send delegates to Venice Architecture Biennale
Philippine Daily Inquirer / 12:02 AM June 02, 2014
The National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) and the Office for Initiatives in Culture and the Arts (Oica) of University of the Philippines Diliman will participate in the “Time Space Existence” exhibit at Palazzo Mora in Venice, Italy, organized by Global Art Affairs Foundation, June 7-Nov. 23.
The participation marks the first time the Philippines joins the prestigious Venice Architecture Biennale, intended to pave the way for the country to participate officially in the next Biennale in 2016.
The exhibit is a collateral event of the 2014 International Architecture Biennale curated by Rem Koolhaas, with the theme “Fundamentals.”
The delegation tasked to produce the exhibit are José Danilo A. Silvestre and Gerard Rey A. Lico. They will be assisted by Ruben D.F. Defeo and Reynaldo L. Concepcion.
Silvestre and Lico are from the UP College of Architecture (CA). Defeo and Concepcion are from the UP College of Fine Arts.
The exhibit includes architectural proposals and responses to the recent “Haiyan/Yolanda” supertyphoon calamity, which struck Eastern Visayas in November.
The exhibit explores architecture in its manifestations through time, space and existence, and in its fundamental elements as it responds to the threats that beset today’s civilization.
Works by Silvestre and Lico form the nucleus of the exhibit, along with select works of their students at the CA.
The Philippine participation is made possible by grants from Sen. Loren Legarda and Metrobank Foundation, with the assistance of Global Art Affairs Foundation, Department of Foreign Affairs and NCCA.