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Mark Justiniani’s The Settlement

Exhibition Run: 13 – 19 February 2017
Artist Talk/Walkthrough: Thursday, 16 February 2017, 3PM

Ayala Museum will present OpenSpace: The Settlement by Mark Justiniani from 13 – 19 February 2017 featuring the artist’s largest and latest work in his Infinity series to date.

The installation is composed of a massive 12 by 12 by 15 foot cube house wrapped in wood, galvanized sheets, signages, tarp and other materials. Visitors will be able to enter the installation to view, on all sides as well as the floor, Justiniani’s trademark artworks of mirror, lights and other materials that create the illusion of never-ending space.

The Settlement dares to look back at our nation’s rich archive of narratives and allegories by putting on view unresolved moments that haunt our promises for the future. The piece is mired with symbolisms whose relevance goes beyond specific moments in history, as tropes of death, detention, trauma, destitution and conflict continue to persist in our current state of affairs.

Looking for Juan Project of The Center for Art, New Ventures & Sustainable Development (CANVAS) in partnership with the Ayala Museum, the piece will also serve as a strong reminder of the lessons for human rights from our dark past, particularly the Martial Law era.

The artist will be in Ayala Museum for a walkthrough of the work on Thursday, February 16, 2017, 3PM. This event is open to the public and those who are interested to join are requested to register by emailing their name and contact information to education@ayalamuseum.org.

The Settlement will be open for viewing at the Ayala Museum in time for Art Fair Philippines 2017 happening at The Link car park in Makati Avenue just across Ayala Museum.

About the artist

Mark Justiniani (b. 1966. Bacolod, Philippines), often identified with the lineage of Social Realism through the 80’s and 90’s in the Philippines through artist-activist initiatives like Salingpusa (1984) and Sanggawa (1994), has been working with notions of how we perceive reality.

After returning from the USA in 2006, he has developed his oeuvre through “magic realist strains” and has moved to configurations of space, the nature of vision and their ever vacillating relationship with time through the use of reflective media in recent years. His practice has had him represent the Philippines in conferences and exhibitions in overseas since 1992.

In 1994, the Cultural Center of the Philippines conferred Justiniani with the 13 Artists Award, the Most Outstanding Achievement of Young Artists in the Philippines.

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