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Gallerists, collectors, and art lovers will gather once again as The Link Carpark in Makati transforms into a multi-level exhibition venue for Art Fair Philippines 2019.

Now on its seventh year, the annual art fair is back to highlight works from different artists in the Philippines and all over the globe. Here’s everything you need to know about this year’s fair:

 52 galleries will participate

A total of 52 galleries, 36 local and 16 international from countries like Japan, Hong Kong, and Vietnam, are joining this year’s event. Some of these galleries are 1335MABINI, Botero in Asia, Boston Art Gallery, CLEAR Gallery Tokyo, PINTÔ ART GALLERY, Tin-aw gallery, Vinyl on Vinyl, and many more.

More participative artworks

One of the most internationally recognized Filipino artists, David Medalla, will stage “A Stitch in Time” for the first time here in the Philippines. It allows viewers to collaborate in the piece by sewing a trace of themselves onto a huge swathe of canvas that will hang at the fair’s central exhibit space.

David Medalla

The legendary CCP curator Ray Albano’s  “Step on the Sand and Make Footprints” lets the viewers leave their footprints on a huge sandbox.

Ray Albano

Strong lineup for ArtFairPH/Projects

Aside from Medalla and Albano, a lot of artists who have made an impact locally and internationally will be part of this year’s ArtFairPH/Projects. Check out the works of award-winning Pinoy artist Mauro Malang Santos, Columbian figurative artist and sculptor Fernando Botero, this year’s recipient of the Karen H. Montinola Selection grant Liv Vinluan, Ryan Villamael (Behold a City), Oca Villamiel (Cheap Medicine), Ian Fabro (Inferno, Purgatorio, Paradiso), Christina Quisumbing Ramilo (Forest for the Trees), Olivia d’Aboville (Everything, Everywhere, Everyone), and MM Yu (Subject/Object).

Liv Vinluan

Informative talks

The annual art fair is bringing back their ArtFairPH/TALKS to support the fair’s educational component. It will feature talks about contemporary art from artists such as Ryan Villamael, Olivia d’Aboville, Ian Fabro, MM Yu, Christina Quisumbing Ramilo, and Oca Villamiel. Atty. Anton Bengzon, Atty. Rommel Santiago, and Atty. BJ Palattao will also be there to discuss taxes for artists and creatives.

10 Days of Art

Art Fair PH organizers will also host an event called 10 Days of Art before the opening of the fair. From February 15 to 24, there will be a series of events around the Makati Central Business District that will involve galleries, museums, bars, restaurants, and retail establishments. For schedule and updates, visit www.10daysofart.com.

Neil Oshima x Olivia D’avobille’s “Plastics in our Ocean”

Art Fair Philippines is happening on February 22 to 24, at The Link car park in Makati. Tickets are at P350 (regular), P150 (students), and P100 (Makati students). (Note: Discounted tickets are only available on site.) For more details, visit Art Fair PH’s website.

Photos from Art Fair PH

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