Bouncing off from a successful inaugural exhibit last year, the Ortigas Art Festival promises that its 2019 edition will an even better experience for people to further appreciate and learn about local art and culture.
By the vision of social realist painter Renato Habulan, works by 130 artists will be displayed at the festival held in Estancia, Capital Commons in an effort to establish the area as Ortigas’ art hub.
Participation of various artists
Over the course of 10 days, these artworks will be displayed along certain parts of Estancia with no admission fee to be charged. People are also encouraged to take part in art activities headlined by featured artists like Benjamin Cabrera, Peter Sutcliffe, and Renato Habulan himself.
Other featured artists include Darwin “Japat” Guevarra and Richard Buxani, with collaborative works from AgawZena, Agos Kulay Maynila, Banta Artist Initiative, Himbon, Biskeg, The Guild, Group Artists of Taytay, Pinoy Printmakers Association, Hilaga, and Westgrove Fine Arts.
Photographers are artists too
One of the featured artists at the Ortigas Art Festival 2019, photographer Bern Wong, has another goal in mind set apart from art appreciation – that photography be also be viewed as an art.
She believes that people don’t regard photography as art is because people have grown accustomed to photography as something commercial, and Filipinos find traditional art (painting, sculptures, etc.) as their backbone.
“We are also artists. There’s no line between art & photography, they are one and the same,” says Wong, “Instead of a paintbrush, I have a camera.”
“I want them to feel, instead of seeing; I want my work to be introspective. I want to take you to a place – maybe your memories, your past – something dreamlike,” she ends.
Already artists from New York, Los Angeles, and Singapore have expressed their interest in participating in the Ortigas Art Festival, promising that the 2020 edition will help further the appreciation for arts and culture.
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