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Sharjah Biennial 14: Leaving the Echo Chamber Ocula Report Sharjah Biennial 14: Leaving the Echo Chamber 15 Mar 2019 : Stephanie Bailey for Ocula

In Meiro Koizumi's three-channel video installation, The Angels of Testimony (2019), the central frame features an interview with Hajime Kondo about his time as a solider of the Imperial Japanese Army during the Second Sino-Japanese War. The conversation centres on war crimes perpetrated in China, including the beheading of Chinese prisoners for...

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Diana Campbell Betancourt Ocula Conversation Diana Campbell Betancourt

Diana Campbell Betancourt is a curator working predominantly across South and Southeast Asia. Since 2013 she has been the founding artistic director of the Samdani Art Foundation and chief curator of the Dhaka Art Summit in Dhaka, Bangladesh, a transnational art event that has grown in size and scale ever since its first edition in 2012. Backed by...

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Chinternet Ugly at Manchester’s Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art Ocula Report Chinternet Ugly at Manchester’s Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art 7 Mar 2019 : Mike Pinnington for Ocula

China, home to 802 million internet users, is subject to sophisticated online censorship. This shrouded state of affairs, unsurprisingly perhaps, serves to reinforce stereotypes around conformity elsewhere. Any realm, digital or otherwise, subject to such strict scrutiny must necessarily be bland and uncritical, right? I was mulling over such...

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The husband-and-wife team of Isabel and Alfredo Aquilizan creates works that use the processes of collecting and collaborating to express ideas of migration, family and memory. Often working with local communities, the Aquilizans bring together personal items to compose elaborate, formal installations reflecting individual experiences of dislocation and change.

Recent works have used the form of balikbayan crates, which Filipino migrants use to transport belongings, as moulds for room-sized constructions made of clothing and other personal effects. For APT6, the Aquilizans produced an enormous suspended sculpture titled In-Flight(Project Another Country) (2009). The work takes the shape of an aeroplane, constructed from hundreds of small handmade planes. This aggregation of tiny sculptures, created by children and adults from found objects and materials, will be added to during the course of the exhibition.

Having migrated from the Philippines to Australia, the Aquilizans' work reflects personal experience, while conveying points of exchange and communication that extend beyond borders.

Both live and work in Brisbane, Australia.

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'After In-Habit': Project Another Country by Alfredo & Isabel Aquilizan contemporary artwork Alfredo & Isabel Aquilizan'After In-Habit': Project Another Country, 2017 Collagraph and embossing printed from compressed cardboard on 638gsm Saunders Waterford paper
43.2 x 43.2 x 3.8 cm
STPI
FLIGHT by Alfredo & Isabel Aquilizan contemporary artwork Alfredo & Isabel AquilizanFLIGHT, 2017 Screen print with silver foil and UV gloss on black Stonehenge paper
42.5 x 33.5 x 3.5 cm
STPI
FLIGHT by Alfredo & Isabel Aquilizan contemporary artwork Alfredo & Isabel AquilizanFLIGHT, 2017 Screen print with silver foil and UV gloss on Stonehenge paper
42.5 x 33.5 x 3.5 cm
STPI
Left Wing Albay by Alfredo & Isabel Aquilizan contemporary artwork Alfredo & Isabel AquilizanLeft Wing Albay, 2016 Metal sickles with wooden handle
34.1 x 99.2 cm
Sundaram Tagore Gallery
FLIGHT  (Black) by Alfredo & Isabel Aquilizan contemporary artwork Alfredo & Isabel AquilizanFLIGHT (Black), 2017 Screen print with silver foil and UV gloss on black Stonehenge paper
29.5 x 20.5 cm
STPI
FLIGHT by Alfredo & Isabel Aquilizan contemporary artwork Alfredo & Isabel AquilizanFLIGHT, 2017 Screen print with silver foil and UV gloss on Stonehenge paper
29.5 x 20.5 cm
STPI
Wood | Cut (Axe) by Alfredo & Isabel Aquilizan contemporary artwork Alfredo & Isabel AquilizanWood | Cut (Axe), 2017 Paper Sculpture
19 x 82 x 19 cm
STPI
HOME: Project Another Country by Alfredo & Isabel Aquilizan contemporary artwork Alfredo & Isabel AquilizanHOME: Project Another Country, 2017 Cardboard pulp, stainless steel metal rods
STPI

Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Alfredo & Isabel Aquilizan, Of Fragments and Impressions at STPI, Singapore
Closed
16 September–11 November 2017 Alfredo & Isabel Aquilizan Of Fragments and Impressions STPI, Singapore
Contemporary art exhibition, Alfredo & Isabel Aquilizan, In God we Trust: Project Another Country at Sundaram Tagore Gallery, New York
Closed
13 October–12 November 2016 Alfredo & Isabel Aquilizan In God we Trust: Project Another Country Sundaram Tagore Gallery, Chelsea, New York

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“Of Fragments and Impressions”: Filipino artists Alfredo & Isabel Aquilizan at STPI, Singapore Related Press “Of Fragments and Impressions”: Filipino artists Alfredo & Isabel Aquilizan at STPI, Singapore Art Radar : 27 October 2017

Brisbane- and Manila-based artist couple, Alfredo and Isabel Aquilizan, have travelled to many parts of the world. The installation artists often work closely with the communities they enter, creating site-specific artworks that explore themes of home, longing and loss. "It is always a collective effort," says Isabel Aquilizan. As their...

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IMAGINED, WOVEN, TRANSPOSED: INTERVIEW WITH ISABEL AND ALFREDO AQUILIZAN Related Press IMAGINED, WOVEN, TRANSPOSED: INTERVIEW WITH ISABEL AND ALFREDO AQUILIZAN ArtAsiaPacific : 10 August 2017

Isabel and Alfredo Aquilizan are a collaborative duo who have been based in Brisbane, Australia, since 2006. Prior to their move, the partners in life and in art called the Philippines their home. Their art practice reflects their own personal lived experiences of migration between the two countries and their sometimes complicated yet always...

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HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE INAUGURAL HONOLULU BIENNIAL Related Press HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE INAUGURAL HONOLULU BIENNIAL ArtAsiaPacific : 3 May 2017

The first edition of the Honolulu Biennial has already been in full swing for one month by the time I arrived in Hawai'i. Directed by Fumio Nanjo of Tokyo's Mori Art Museum, and curated by Ngahiraka Mason, formerly of Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, the Biennial, entitled Middle of Now | Here, is the first-ever event of its kind in the Pacific...

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8 highlights from the inaugural Honolulu Biennial 2017 Related Press 8 highlights from the inaugural Honolulu Biennial 2017 Art Radar Journal : 5 April 2017

Held over nine sites and including 33 artists, the first edition of the Honolulu Biennial takes place between 8 March and 8 May 2017. Entitled Middle of Now | Here, the Biennial challenges the idea that Hawaiʻi is in 'the middle of nowhere'. Covering more than 30 percent of the Earth's surface, the Pacific is the largest unified living space on...

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From Pillars to Posts: Project Another Country Related Video & Audio From Pillars to Posts: Project Another Country Youtube : 4 June 2018

'From Pillars to Posts: Project Another Country' is the latest participatory artwork commissioned for the Gallery's Todd Foundation Creative Learning Centre. Dreamed up by artists and husband-and-wife team Isabel and Alfredo Aquilizan, the installation explores community, family, relocation and homemaking, and is part of an ongoing series of...

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