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Pinto Manhattan Manila 2 Opens the Conversation on Contemporary Philippine Art Creation

The exhibit spurs discussions on the creation of contemporary art in the Philippines from an outsider’s point of view.

Philippine art is continuously shaped by the story of its diaspora, wherein one’s sense of culture is informed by an exodus—both within the country, in travels between islands of a scattered archipelago; and outside, where the Filipino’s inquisitive nature adopts and remixes ideas from foreign lands.

The end result is a diversity of voices, with artistic visions as varied as the country’s geographic and socio-political milieus. With Pinto Manhattan Manila 2—a follow-up to last year’s wildly successful show—Pinto Art Museum aims to explore what those voices say to individuals outside the diaspora by bringing the work of over 30 prolific local artists to New York City.

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As interlocutors of their environments, the artists present influences from the Filipino’s travel-worn history: cartography, religious iconography, colonialism, and countless questions on identity can be gleaned from the works on display. The pieces, curated by Antonio Leaño, are gathered into a single space, the intermingling of styles and mediums recreating the pluralism that defines the Filipino.

The artists represented at Pinto Manhattan Manila 2 include Agnes Arellano, Elmer Borlongan, Gino Bueza, Zean Cabangis, Aba Lluch Dalena, Igan D’Bayan, Anton del Castillo, Lec Cruz, Cian Dayrit, Antipas Delotavo, John Paul Duray, Alfredo Esquillo and Anthony Victoria, Mark Andy Garcia, Emmanuel Garibay, Renato Habulan, Johanna Helmuth, Riel Hilario, JC Jacinto, Winner Jumalon, Keiye Miranda, Miquel Miro, Jayson Montinola, Raffy Napay, Jayson Oliveria, Jim Orencio, Bernardo Pacquing, Anthony Palomo, Lynyrd Paras, Ian Quirante, Pogs Samson, Arturo Sanchez, Yasmin Sison, Dexter Sy, Wire Tuazon, Wesley Valenzuela, Ronald Ventura, Ryan Villamael, Cris Villanueva Jr., Miles Villanueva, Jay Viriña, and Leaño himself.


In bringing these talents together in a city 8,000 miles away from Manila, the exhibit spurs discussions on the creation of contemporary art in the Philippines from an outsider’s point of view. Displaced from its origins, what does Filipino art say about itself? In what direction is it headed? What stories are being told by a culture shaped by its assimilation into others?

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The answers, perhaps, bear the same qualities as the Filipino diaspora: ever-expanding, and in a constant state of evolution.

Pinto Manhattan Manila 2 will continue to run until October 11 at 74 Franklin St., TriBeCa, New York City.

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