Saturday, December 5, 2009

"France Face Lost: by Marc Lathuilliere

Alliance Francaise de Manille (AFM) presents
"France Face Lost" by Marc Lathuilliere
February 02 - February 25, 2010

Marc Lathuilliere's exhibition entitled "France Face Lost" deals with French identity. It is the questioning of a visual artist looking at his homeland as if it wasn't. As if he was a tourist from fast moving Asia discovering the clichés and strangeness of a sleeping beauty named France.

Marc Lathuilliere first experienced this swing in perception in 2004, after extended stays in Asia, mostly in Thailand and South Korea. Coming back home, he realized how deeply French identity is anchored in the past, and the tremendous efforts French People devote to the preservation of its heritage. Through his "asianized" eyes, France now seemed estranged: he started to observe it with both wonder and worry.

To express these mixed feelings, he asked the French he met all over the country to wear a mask, always the same one, and then he took a portrait of them. An interactive game that froze them, shedding a new and doubtful light on their daily surroundings-architecture, sceneries, furniture… - , questioning the stereotypes on which we build our identities.

In five years, from Provence to Normandy, and from Bordeaux to Metz, more than four hundred people have already let him take their "de-faced" portrait.

Marc Lathuillière’s exhibition of photographs ‘’France Face Lost’’ opens at the Alliance Française Total Gallery on Tuesday, February 2, 2010, with cocktails at 6:30 pm. It will be on exhibit until February 25, 2010.

Gallery days and hours:
Monday to Thursday, 9am to 6pm; Friday, 9am to 2pm; Saturday, 9am to 5pm; 
Closed on Sundays and Holidays.

Marc Lathuillière will hold a workshop at Silverlens Gallery on January 30 and February 6 followed by an artist’s talk to introduce his work and artistic approach. For more information about the workshop and the artist talk please contact Silverlens Gallery at 816 0044 or email Leonore Casuga at

For high resolution images of the artworks and more details about the exhibit, kindly contact Mr. Stéphane Doutrelant (AFM Director) or Ms Sabrina Durand (Cultural Officer) at 895 7441 / 895 7585 or email You may visit the AFM website at or the artist’s site at

This exhibition is organized with the support of the Embassy of France to the Philippines and Silverlens Gallery.

Silverlens Gallery is located at 2320 Pasong Tamo Extension, Makati City. Gallery hours are Tuesday to Saturday from 10am to 7pm. For further information, please contact Cathy Paras-Lara at 816 0044 or, or visit

Thursday, December 3, 2009

The Midnight Lullaby

Silverlens Gallery proudly presents The Midnight Lullaby, a solo exhibit at SLab's 20Square Gallery by Luis Lorenzana named after the largest exhibition piece included in the show.

"This particular work is larger in scale, which means that I really needed the time to finish it. I turned down solo exhibit offers from galleries abroad in the process, explaining to them that I owe my beloved country this exhibit," says Lorenzana.

Seen largely as a preview to a grander solo show in September 2010, The Midnight Lullaby combines the artist's technical application of the play between light and shadow, while staying true to his pop art, animation and surreal imagery influences.

"I'm fascinated with clowns - so deep, tragic, mysterious, and alone. So many different emotions can be expressed just by using a clown's face."

The Midnight Lullaby opens at 6 pm on Friday, December 11, 2009, and runs until January 09 at SLab's 20Square Gallery.

The Midnight Lullaby will be shown alongside Singapore International Photography Festival at Silverlens Gallery and Indivisibilis by Gary-Ross Pastrana at SLab.
For inquiries, contact Silverlens Gallery at 2/F YMC Bldg. II, 2320 Pasong Tamo Ext., Makati, 816-0044, 0917-5874011, or

Gallery hours are Monday to Friday 10am–7pm and Saturdays 1-6pm. /

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

TutoK SOeNA: State of Education and the Nation 4th TutoK yearend assembly

cordially invite you to the reception of the exhibition:

TutoK SOeNA: State of Education and the Nation
4th TutoK yearend assembly


Amidst a year stricken by crises in culture and calamities, a so-called 'educated' response is called for over and above the sensationalism promoted by media and politicking entities. Yet it would seem that every problem that we have traces its roots to education, particularly citing its imbalances, inequities and inadequacies.

TutoK, in line with its implementation of art and advocacy projects, proposes to bring the topic of education into this engagement, thus gathering a visual congress to represent and assert a diverse range of contemporary explorations to promote further inquiry and discussion.

SOeNA is the State of Education and the Nation, and it is TutoK's yearend assembly of art and artists to be held at Manila Contemporary at Pasong Tamo Extension, Makati City . SOeNA is part of of TutoK's current focus on education, beginning with TutoK Eduk early this year. At the core of this exhibit is a series of works investigating the manifestation and operation of education as systems, objects and people. The theme is resonated through 2 x 2 feet wall works assembled throughout the gallery, completing the participation of more than 150 artists via paintings, sculptures, installations and live art.

"TutoK SOeNA" is the 4th annual group exhibit organized by TutoK since 2006. It is jointly curated by Don M. Salubayba, Noel Soler Cuizon, J.Pacena II and Jef Carnay, and will open with live art and other performances at 6:30pm on Saturday, December 5, 2009. The exhibit will run until January 6, 2010.

Manila Contemporary is located at
Whitespace, 2314 Chino Roces Ave.
Pasong Tamo Extension, Brgy. Magallanes, Makati City

RSVP Fatima 02 8447328 |

Static reverb

J. Pacena II's is back with Static Reverb. Here his progressive explorations of multimedia assemblages that pits figuration against a combination of manual and digital manipulations. What Pacena achieves with these combines effectually interfaces the organic with the graphic, submitting the detachment and the stability of surfaces to a flux of gesture and expression.

The potency of multimedia practice is generally measured and exploited by its very ability to present and convey. It is medium and means; and even in the realms of the gallery, its tools are mostly installed as galleries within. As professional practitioner and educator of multimedia arts, Pacena’s scrutiny forges ahead of its proffered frames and platforms. In Static Reverb, what he plumbs are its intrinsic bits and rhythms, and through this, offers to us a vista of human perplexities.

To his mind, J. Pacena refers to ‘static’ as stills and clips, where image is captured in the inevitable stasis of its established vacuum. To disturb this stillness produces as well, a distinct static; like the interference of electrical fields in the broadcast of audio and visuals. Likewise, ‘reverb’ refers to reverberations, such as the phenomenon of echoed sounds perceived in enclosed spaces. These are, hence, the filters through which Pacena stages his social provocation: whether in action or inaction, what we do, what we say; what goes inside us and what we emit-- everything has effect and influence amongst our connections and environs.

In the realms of music, media and the visual arts, J. Pacena II enjoys a flourishing career as artist and teacher, and as videographer and photographer. He is a curator and convener of various collaborative art projects independently and with TutoK, as member of its core group. Static Reverb is his 5th solo exhibition.

The exhibit opens on Monday 6PM, November 16, 2009 at Blanc Gallery Makati. Blanc is located at Crown Tower, 107 H.V. dela Costa St., Salcedo Village, Makati City. For more information, please call or sms 752-0032 / 0920-9276436, email or visit,

Static Reverb will run until December 2, 2009 and is co-produced by slash/art artists’ initiatives.

Monday, November 30, 2009


Rock Bato, Manoy and Datu's Tribe live at the Conspiracy Cafe on December 1, 2009. Show starts at 9:00 PM. Don't miss it! Conspiracy Cafe is at 59 Visayas Avenue Quezon City


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