THE biggest art fair and exhibit in Mindanao opens on October 1, 2021 online with 35 art groups and four featured artists participating. The 2021 Mindanao Art Fair, the third since it was launched in 2019 now has the participation of five of six administrative regions in Mindanao.
This is organized by Lawig-Diwa Inc. through a grant by the National Commission on Culture and the Arts-National Committee on Art Galleries (NCCA-NCAG).
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, formerly the Madrazo Fruit Stand), and can be viewed at Mindanao Art’s website (www.mindanaoart.org) and facebook page (Mindanao Art). There will be a virtual opening ceremony on October 1, 2021 to officially start the exhibit.
A limited number of visitors are allowed per day at a 2-hour interval to view the artwork display at Poblacion Market Central during the month-long exhibit. Interested art collectors and enthusiasts, art teachers and students can obtain a Mindanao Art QR code and book their visit online at www.mindanaoart.org. Health and safety protocols will be strictly implemented at the exhibit.
This year’s theme, “Art in Between: Mindanao Art in Liminal Space”, takes off from the major disruption Covid-19 caused across all sectors, the art sector included. Thus, this year’s MindanaoArt highlights the butterfly, to underscore the creature’s momentary beauty, as the art fair invites everyone to focus on the now even as it aspires to encourage artistry that is rooted to Mindanao identity to create a thriving visual art industry.
The physical exhibit will feature a cocoon to allow the viewers to experience the concept of liminal space and one’s emergence in the now.
The four featured individual artists are: Tanya Gaisano Lee, Jag Bueno, Lucas Rañola, and Elenita “Boots” Dumlao.
Participating from the five of six regions of Mindanao are:
Northern Mindanao (5 groups): Talaandig Soil Artists (Lantapan, Bukidnon), Capitol University Museum of Three Cultures (Cagayan de Oro City), Studio One Art Gallery (Iligan City), Cagayan de Oro Artist Guild (CDO) and Arkadia Collective (CDO).
Zamboanga Peninsula (3 groups): Lumbayao Artists Collective (Zamboanga Sibugay), Good Times Gallery (Dipolog City), and Pinturas en Liensoz Artist Society Zamboanga City (PLASOZ).
Caraga (3 groups): Agusan Artists Association (Agusan), Likha-Karaga (Butuan City), and Alampat Gallery/Guhit Pinas-Agusan (Butuan City).
Socsksargen (2 groups): Mugna Heneral VA Group (General Santos City) and Irinugyun Artist Guild (Kidapawan City).
Davao Region (20 groups): TheBau Haus Gallery (Davao City), DS Foundation for the Differently-Abled Inc. (Davao City), Datu Bago Gallery Cafe (Davao City), Kasing Art Gallery (Davao City), Gallery Down South (Davao City), Abung Bughaw (Davao City), Mugna Artist Collective (Davao City), Kalapati Art Group (Davao City), GAMA (Davao City), Dibuho Art Dabaw Group (Davao City), La Herencia (Davao City), Gallery Raphael (Davao City), Davao Fashion Designer -Visual Artists Collab – ART WAK (Davao City) Davao del Norte Province (Davao del Norte), Sandog-Tagum City Historical and Cultural Center (Tagum City, Davao del Norte), Sining Mata (Tagum City, DN), Pintagum (Tagum City, DN), Jing Cayacay Rabat Art Gallery (City of Mati, Davao Oriental), Dibuho Art Group (Digos City, Davao del Sur), Arts Guild of Nabunturan (Nabunturan, Davao de Oro)
Mixed groups all over Mindanao (2): Kulit Kultura and AHON Mindanao Watercolor Group.
MindanaoArt is organized in partnership with the National Commission on Culture and the Arts-National Committee on Art Galleries and Poblacion Market Central with media partners Beta Studio, APM, Sun.Star Davao, GMA, Art+ Magazine, The Philippine Star, Edge Davao, the Philippine Daily Inquirer and ABS-CBN. LAWIG-DIWA PR