'Searching Sanctuary' curated by Gregory Halili

Arts and Culture

Silverlens Gallery

Chino Roces Ext.
2263 Don Chino Roces Avenue Ext., , Makati
Metro Manila, Philippines

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About the Event

Silverlens is pleased to present one of its three exhibitions for February, Searching Sanctuary curated by artist Gregory Halili.

Searching Sanctuary

This group exhibition comes at the height of the climate crisis, surveying relevant works from 21 contemporary artists.

Pope Bacay
Marionne Contreras
Jigger Cruz
Rocelie Delfin
Dina Gadia
Mark Andy Garcia
Gregory Halili
Paolo Icasas
Bree Jonson
Pow Martinez
Maya Muñoz
Raffy T. Napay
Wawi Navarroza
Elaine Navas
Bernardo Pacquing
Patricia Perez Eustaquio
Christina Quisumbing Ramilo
Popo San Pascual
Nicole Tee
Ryan Villamael
Liv Vinluan

If the current state of environmental decline continues its destructive path, then inevitably, nature will only exist as a memory.

We live in a country blessed by natural abundance. Yet, we seem to believe that our resources are unlimited, depleting its wealth dry. In 1904, The Bureau of Forestry released the “The Forest Manual”, which contained the National Forest Act (No.1148) from the Philippine Commission pertaining to forest services and regulations. At this time, it is estimated that the Philippine forest cover was at 70%. Now, it is estimated that only 20% of the country’s forest remains.

Searching Sanctuary is the manifestation of ideas and inspiration, from 21 Filipina and Filipino artists, whose absolute purpose was to hunt, capture and preserve what is vanishing. The act of creating images of nature: of painting, of drawing, of photographing, of sculpting, is a profound expression of preservation.

The works are rich with organic and biomorphic forms, reflecting a language that is purely aesthetic, deep in context, and one that connects and understands our human nature. Each work of art acts as a seed to preserve a portrait of a fragile existence that one day may be lost to memory.

-Gregory Halili

Searching Sanctuary is on view from 22 February to 21 March 2020 at Silverlens, 2263 Don Chino Roces Avenue Extension, Makati City. For inquiries, contact info@silverlensgalleries.com or +632-8816-0044.

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