Ateneo Art Gallery is pleased to invite you to ArtSpeak with Mark Justiniani, on 29 November 2017, Wednesday from 2:00-4:00 pm. Justiniani will walk us through the core concepts of his immersive works and the process of crafting his recent installations. Apart from The Settlement, currently at Ateneo Art Gallery, the artist will discuss Firewalk: A Bridge of Embers, a work commissioned for the inaugural of the Gallery Children’s Biennale at the National Gallery of Singapore, his recent solo show titled Provoking Space in Mizuma Gallery, Singapore, and his works at the Yokohama Triennale 2017.
About the artist
Mark Justiniani (b. 1966, Bacolod City, Negros Occidental) studied painting at the University of the Philippines. He is often identified with the lineage of Social Realism in the 1980’s and 1990’s in the Philippines often through artist-activist initiatives like Abay (Artista ng Bayan), Salingpusa (1984) and Sanggawa(1994). Justiniani received the Thirteen Artists Award in 1994 from the Cultural Center of the Philippines. He has represented the Philippines in various international conferences, workshops and exhibitions in Japan, Denmark, Australia, USA, Singapore, Taiwan, and Indonesia.
Since 2006, after returning from the United States, Justiniani developed a series of assemblages and installations described as having “magic realist strains” but focusing on the nature of vision, configurations of space, and the ambivalent relationship between time and space using reflective media. He explores these works in varied scales and as avenues to tackle philosophical, political, and sociological concerns.