Altro Mondo presents 'Habagatan' PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 30 June 2012 09:26

A gathering of artists from the Visayas and Mindanao will open their group's first exhibition, dubbed “Habagatan,” at Altro Mondo - Arte Contemporanea on July 5, Thursday at the 3rd Level of Greenbelt 5, Ayala Center, Makati City. And I am proud to announce that one of the artists participating is multi-talented Zamboangueňa painter, singer and song writer Jana Jumalon-Alano. She is now based in Dumaguete City with her husband Michael and daughter Isabella.

Together known as The Vismin Art Collective, the other artists in this debut exhibition are Lester Amacio, Cezar Arro, Mariano Catague, Florence Cinco, Gary Custodio, Rommel Garde, Christopher Gomez, Gualberto Licong, Dennis 'Sio' Montera, Jericho Vamenta, and Arel Zambarrano.

The Vismin Art Collective came together as a result of the recently concluded Philippine Art Awards, which conferred upon each of the artists the Juror’s Choice Award in the regional leg of the competition. Since then, the awardees have banded together to promote fellow artists from their regions.

Inaugurated in May of 2010, Altro Mondo is a gallery focused on launching both young and established Filipino artists to a larger international arena. The gallery is oriented towards spreading the influence of progessively developing Asian avant-garde work and experimentation while guided by its strong grounding in the modernist vision.

Altro Mondo’s focus on internationalization actively builds upon its already considerable international ties so as to open broader avenues of exchange between the Philippine art field, the region, and the globe. Linkages with foreign institutions, international art fairs, and collaborations with distinguished galleries from across the globe serve as conduits for the exposure and development of local artists by means of securing exhibitions, grants, and residencies here and abroad.

Altro Mondo hopes to widen Philippine perspectives of global art practices by introducing local audiences to contemporary artists and movements from across the globe. By placing itself in a position to serve as a locus for exchange, it hopes to pursue its dedication to fostering the growth of local audiences by cultivating a more critical understanding of contemporary art through forums, colloquia and publications that utilize various media from print to the internet. Moreover, the development of independent art criticism in the Philippines is crucial to such a goal and Altro Mondo is more than ready to support initiatives in this direction.

by Dante Corteza


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