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Little Red Riding Hood Meets New York City at Plet Bolipata's Art Fair Exhibit

In a space provided by Globe Platinum, the artist creates an imaginary world brought to life with the help of a few smartphones.
IMAGE NICOLE LIMOS/ YVETTE FERNANDEZ
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At an art fair where hundreds of artists, gallerists, and exhibitionists seek attention, sometimes it’s the first impression that leaves a lasting memory of the visit.

As soon as this year’s Art Fair Philippines fairgoers arrive on the fourth floor registration area of The Link, Plet Bolipata’s exhibition space by Globe Platinum catches their eye. The space, transformed into a visual playground set in the woods of New York's Central Park, draws people in with its fairytale elements.


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Plet Bolipata's "Impromptu," which features Little Red Riding Hood in Central Park 

Bolipata reimagines Little Red Riding Hood in New York City—a classic character meets a technological capital in the modern world.  “A visual feast is what I wish to offer my viewers and will cover topics relevant in a woman’s world: sexual predator predicament and a young girl’s coming of age,” the artist says of her exhibit.

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Inspired by the tale of Little Red Riding Hood, Bolipata’s tableau reminds visitors that art is supposed to be fun by cleverly incorporating interactive elements and inviting the guest to take part in the art. The walls of the exhibit are covered with storybook pages filled with handwritten text. While some artists and galleries discourage taking photos, Bolipata supports it by providing face cutouts of Little Red and the Big Bad Wolf there for guests to take photos with. 

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Plet and her husband, fellow artist Elmer Borlongan

Bolipata uses technological advances to bring her imaginary world to life. An exhibit favorite is the dollhouse, with Huawei Mate 10 Pro cellphones attached inside, their screens displayed on the windows with each screen telling a part of the story of Little Red Riding Hood. There’s also the stark white piano in the middle of the space with various sculptures perched atop it.

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“I maximized the visual content with a short film I made in New York, Granny (2017), that is projected on a wall,” she explains. It was in the city that the artist honed her skills after studying drawing and painting at the Art Students League in the ‘90s. Before her studies, she was generally self-taught and began painting only at the age of 28.

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Artist Plet Bolipata

Bolipata also introduced a limited edition art capsule called “Plet-in-a-box,” which she says is essentially her identity as an artist encapsulated through a children’s book about New York called Little Red Riding Hood in Central Park, an art toy, and a flash drive with her film Granny, which was edited by her brother, concert pianist Jed Bolipata.

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