Mutable Truths: Perspectives in Philippine Contemporary Art was organized by the La Trobe Art Institute and the Ateneo Art Gallery to celebrate our decade-long partnership. The exhibit features ten artists from the Philippines, all having visited Australia between 2005 and 2014 through an artist residency they received as winners of the prestigious Ateneo Art Awards (AAA). This award program, which began in 2003, gives recognition to outstanding exhibitions held within a year by artists below 36 years of age. Its winners have since established their careers and are among the most active in the Philippine art scene. Featured artists are Ronald Ventura, Poklong Anading, Lyle Buencamino, Leeroy New, Marina Cruz, Mark Salvatus, Kawayan de Guia, Martha Atienza, Buen Calubayan and Charles Buenconsejo. The title refers to the varied range of issues and concerns each artist addresses as well as the diverse scope of practice they represent – from paintings, assemblage and installations, and video works.
This partnership between the La Trobe University and the Ateneo de Manila University from the Philippines began 17 years ago through academic exchange programs in the humanities and social sciences organized and coordinated through the Philippines Australia Studies Centre . In 2005, both universities through their respective art museums, supplemented this cooperation through an artist residency and exhibition exchange program. This component has since provided venues for interaction among Australian and Filipino artists.
Photos by MM Yu