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Mindanao art and fashion in focus at Davao art fair

Mindanao art and fashion in focus at Davao art fair

Running until the end of the month, the Mindanao Art Fair aims ‘to maintain a vibrant industry to sustain life and livelihood’

By: Irene C. PerezInquirer Lifestyle / 07:32 PM October 22, 2021

The Mindanao art fair runs until Oct.31

The “new normal” art scene is thriving in the south as art and fashion by Mindanao artists and designers are on view in the Mindanao Art Fair, ongoing until Oct. 31 at the new heritage-themed mall, Poblacion Market Center, in Davao City.

Over 300 artists and 35 galleries are participating in the third edition of the free art festival, which is open to on-site and virtual visitors. In-person viewing is by-appointment only and slots must be booked on The venue can accommodate up to 500 guests daily, according to secretariat head Donna Pareja.

Mindanao Art is copresented by Lawig Diwa Inc., the National Commission for Culture and the Arts and the National Committee on Art Galleries.

Lawig Diwa president Rey Mudjahid “Kublai” P. Millan said that continuing Mindanao Art through the pandemic is important to keep the “the momentum the Mindanao artists felt over the past two years and to maintain a vibrant industry to sustain life and livelihood.”

The theme is “Art in Between: Mindanao Art in Liminal Space,” which is “a recognition of where we all are right now—a space of ambiguity and disorientation.” The two-story, Instagram-friendly Poblacion Market Center features tree-stump sculptures symbolizing being cut off and nourished again, and a “metamorphosis” tunnel.

Giant murals by Davao artist Jefferson “Jeff” Bangot welcome guests by the entrance. Another highlight is the exhibit “4 Artists, 4 Mindanao,” featuring paintings by Tanya Gaisano Lee, Jag Bueno, Lucas Rañola and Elenita “Boots” Dumlao.

“Metamorphosis” walk at the heritage-themed Poblacion Market Center

Most represented

Davao is the most represented region with 20 groups. Mindanao Art likewise gives exposure to artists from Northern Mindanao, such as Talaandig Soil Artists, Capitol University Museum of Three Cultures, Studio One Art Gallery, Cagayan de Oro Artist Guild and Arkadia Collective.

From Zamboanga Peninsula are Lumbayao Artists Collective, Good Times Gallery and Pinturas en Liensoz Artist Society Zamboanga City. Caraga region is represented by Agusan Artists Association, Likha-Karaga and Alampat Gallery/Guhit Pinas-Agusan, while the Soccsksargen (South Cotabato, Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat, Sarangani and General Santos) region is represented by Mugna Heneral VA Group and Irinugyun Artist Guild.

Available on Mindanao Art’s Facebook page, the “Art Walks, Art Talks” fashion show features Davao Fashion and Design Council members who interpreted paintings, sculptures and mixed-media works into wearables. Collaborator pairs are Aztec Barba and Kristin Gaid, Benjie Panizales and Lizlee Enimido, Bamba Limon and Joel Geolamen, Dodjie Batu and Dennis Puzon, Edgar Buyan and Jag Bueno, Emi Englis and Victor Dumaguing, Egay Ayag and Lucas Rañola, and Windel Mira and Jong Tangiday.

The Yellow Drum Project, a sustainability effort headed by Dr. Roberto “Doc Bo” P. Puentespina Jr., put up the “Happy Drum Project” exhibit with colorful garbage drums delivering the message of environmental awareness.

“In Memory of Trees” gathers paintings by student artists mentored by Victor Dumaguing under the Lunang Art Residency Program in Tagum City which is dubbed the Mural Capital of the Philippines. The youth are among the more frequent visitors in the Mindanao Art fair, Pareja said.

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Source: Mindanao art and fashion in focus at Davao art fair | Inquirer Lifestyle

3rd Mindanao Art Fair Opens in October

3rd Mindanao Art Fair Opens in October


THE 3rd installment of Mindanao Art Fair (MindanaoArt 2021), the biggest gathering of artists in the island, is slated on October 1-31, 2021!

Spearheaded by Lawig Diwa Inc., Mindanao Art Fair 2021 is made possible through a grant of the National Commission on Culture and the Arts National Committee on Art Galleries (NCCA-NCAG).

More than 300 artists from than 30 galleries from various areas in Mindanao such as: Agusan, Bukidnon, Butuan, Cagayan de Oro Davao, Davao de Oro, Digos, Dipolog, General Santos, Iligan, Mati, North Cotabato, Panabo, Socsargen, Samal, Sto. Tomas, Tagum and Zamboanga are expected to participate in this year’s MindanaArt. It will also showcase the artworks of four featured artists: Tanya Gaisano, Elenita Dumlao, Jag Bueno and Lucas Ranola.
Since face to face events are not allowed in Davao City due to the pandemic, MindanaoArt 2021 will be a combination of virtual and physical exhibition, with greater bulk of the activity happening online. Artworks will be displayed physically at the Poblacion Market Central (a new commercial complex in Davao), and can be viewed at Mindanao Art’s website ( and facebook page (Mindanao Art).  There will be a virtual opening ceremony on October 1, 2021 to officially start the exhibit.

This year’s theme is Art in Between: Mindanao Art in Liminal Space—a recognition of where we are all right now—in a space of ambiguity and disorientation.  The theme’s narrative can be experienced right from the entrance of the exhibit where a cocoon tunnel (representing the dark situation we are enveloped at present) is installed. Going out of the cocoon, one will be welcomed by glowing butterflies which symbolizes hope for the future and the strength to continue the journey and venture into the unknown. Following the butterflies will then lead you to the vast two-story exhibit area, or the liminal space as they interpret it, a threshold between the immediate shock that disturbed the world and the new future that is yet to be named.  The exhibit will feature artworks that have different interpretations of the theme.

One of the main features of the exhibit is the 8 ft x 40 ft mural by Davao artist Jeff Bangot. Installed at the entrance of the exhibit venue, the mural is Bangot’s interpretation of this year’s theme.
Satellite Exhibit and Special Events

Additionally, this year’s Mindanao Art Fair will also feature a fashion show entitled “Art Walk” which will be a collaboration between top fashion designers and selected visual artists in Davao City. This will be aired on October 29, 2021 via Mindanao Art’s virtual/online platforms. Their creations will be displayed at the Poblacion Market Central during the month-long exhibit. This special event is also in partnership with Mr. Alfie Atega of Beta Studios.

Meanwhile, Architect/Artist Ed Viacrusis, will hold a satellite exhibit at his residence which he transformed into a man-made forest. From a single-storey bungalow he acquired over two decades ago, he has built up to the treetops with ramps that go around the property providing a leisurely stroll to canopy walks, treehouses, naturally ventilated rooms, and webs of nylon ropes. Entitled “Floating Ground,” the satellite exhibit will showcase his artistry and imagination, nurtured and made to literally soar above ground in ways unimagined.

The Yellow Drum Project, which ensures that biodegradable wastes are diverted from landfills, also partners with Mindanao Art this year. Headed by Dr. Bo Puentespina, the collaboration hopes to reach even more people through art. Dubbed as the “Happy Drum Project,” colorfully-painted garbage drums will be displayed at the exhibit area, as a way to raise awareness and to get the public to think more deeply about what happens to the waste that they produce after it leaves their homes.

Another highlight would be the output of the students under the Lunang Art Residency Program in Tagum City which is mentored by Victor Dumaguing.   Entitled “In Memory of Trees,” the paintings of the student-artists will be installed in Kublai Millan’s chainsaw wood sculpture.

Tagum City, which is dubbed as the Mural Capital of the Philippines, is also participating by creating a huge mural onsite through the artists of Tagum City Historical and Cultural Center. The onsite mural is an illustration of the murals that can be seen around the City’s streets.

Maintaining the Momentum

Now on its 3rd year, Mindanao Art has certainly come a long way from the very first Mindanao Art Fair, Exhibit, and Conference in 2019.   The 1st Mindanao Art started with ten galleries and spaces to jumpstart an attempt to organize an annual gathering of art galleries and spaces and be able to stir up an industry that is sustainable and profitable. 

Following the success of Mindanao Art 2019, Lawig Diwa once again brought together masterpieces from the best artists in Mindanao in 2020. With the theme ‘Living Art in a New Landscape,’ Mindanao Art 2020 took on the challenges presented by the global COVID-19 Pandemic as opportunities to innovate and take the visual arts onward. Held at a time when almost everything else has been crippled, Mindanao Art 2020 brought together more artists than it did the previous year, with more than 200 artists from 17 galleries from 5 regions in Mindanao participating.

According to Lawig Diwa President, Kublai Millan, “MindanaoArt 2021 seeks to sustain what was started in 2019. The momentum that Mindanao artists have felt over the past 2 years must be continued in order to maintain a vibrant industry which is able to sustain life and livelihood, and consequently create more art.”

Millan continues, “This exhibit highlights how the artists recover and move with our changing times and adapting to this so-called “new normal.” This gives emphasis on their struggles, dreams, ideas, reflections, and hopes as they continue to live their lives as creative individuals in this uncertain moment.”

As of press time, artworks from all over Mindanao are now in transit to Davao City as installation will start this week, in preparation for the opening on October 1. 

Source: 3rd Mindanao Art Fair Opens in October – Mindanao Times