MANILA, Philippines – Ateneo Art Gallery (AAG) is showcasing its nominated artists and writers for the 17th season of the Ateneo Art Awards. The program extends over a period of two years and includes over 140 nominations from various museums, galleries, artists and art mediators that the AAG has received for the Fernando Zóbel Prize for Fine Arts (FZA) category. This award recognizes young and emerging Filipino visual artists under the age of 36 whose work has been exhibited within two years from May 2, 2019 to May 1, 2021. Many of the nominated exhibitions took place at a time when local galleries were struggling to reopen at the height of the pandemic. Some of them will be recognized at this year’s awards.
In alphabetical order are the 12 artists and exhibitions that were shortlisted for the Ateneo Art Awards 2021 – Fernando Zóbel Prizes for Visual Art:
Brisa Amir, “Untitled Blankets” (October 2019, Artinformal Makati)
Renz Baluyot, “Imperium” (October 2020, West Gallery)
Nice Buenaventura, “Fools will copy, but copies will not deceive” (June 2019, Artinformal Makati)
Mars Bugaoan, “Appear Disappear ½ ¼” (April 2020, Kapitana Gallery, Bacolod)
Doctor Karajom, “Patingin” (May 2019, Blanc Gallery)
Celine Lee, “The length and breadth of the depth” (November 2020, Underground Makati)
Christina Lopez, “Portraits (Proxies)” (March 2021, The Drawing Room, Makati)
Henrielle Baltazar Pagkaliwangan, “On This Site Will Rise” (part of the group exhibition “Fathom: The Monumental Art Series”, October 2019, Orange Project, Bacolod)
Ioannis Sicuya, “Niche” (November 2019, The Boston Gallery)
Jel Suarez, “Small bones that hold a mountain” (October 2020, West Gallery)
Jo Tanierla, “Pagburo in Pag-Alsa: Natural Representations and Illustrated Prophecies (Gelacio, 1910)” (October 2020, UP Jorge B Vargas Museum)
Miguel Lorenzo Uy, “I am that I am” (March 2021, Underground Makati)
A jury will award the Ateneo Art Awards-Fernando Zóbel Prize for Visual Art to three artists from the shortlist. This year’s committee consists of Katya Guerrero, visual artist, archivist and co-founder of Luzviminda PH; Maya Muñoz, visual artist and winner of the Ateneo Art Awards 2006 – Fernando Zóbel Prize for Visual Art; Lisa Ito-Tapang, freelance curator and lecturer in art theory and criticism at the UP College of Fine Arts; Pete Jimenez, visual artist, sculptor and former general manager of Optima Digital; Marcel Antonio, painter; Philippe Pirotte, curator, art historian, adjunct senior curator at the UC Berkeley Art Museum and former dean of the Städelschule in Frankfurt am Main, Germany; and Ma. Victoria Herrera, director and chief curator of the Ateneo Art Gallery.
In addition to the three winners, an artist from the 12 shortlist will also be awarded the Ateneo Art Awards-Embassy of Italy Purchase Prize. Launched in 2018, the award is a partnership between the AAG and the Embassy of Italy to help the embassy put together a collection of contemporary Filipino art while providing a new incentive for the award to further promote Filipino contemporary artists .
The Ateneo Art Awards Purita Kalaw-Ledesma Prizes in Art Criticism (PKL), on the other hand, continue their mission to reach a wider audience. In response to the multiple submissions for the AAG x KLFI Essay Writing Prize in 2020, the AAG and Kalaw-Ledesma Foundation Inc. (KLFI) have introduced a new topic, category, and publishing partner to encourage more authors to participate .
On the theme of “Navigating Crisis: Arts and our Futures”, the PKL Awards invite you to essays that reflect on the pandemic and its impact on various areas of life, including art and culture. Authors can submit articles for either English or Filipino categories. A maximum of six authors will be shortlisted for each category and the winners will have the opportunity to contribute to The Philippine STAR, ArtAsiaPacific and the new publication partner Katipunan Journal.
In alphabetical order, the authors have been shortlisted for the Ateneo Art Awards-Purita Kalaw-Ledesma-Prizes 2021 in the art criticism:
Allyn Canja – “The Internet knows no region: How artists from the western Visayas broke barriers during a global pandemic”
Kiko del Rosario – “Penetrating loss, streaming desire”
Elizabeth Ruth Deyro – “The Artist’s Social Responsibility in Times of Crisis: On Leslie de Chavez ” I Like Art Fairs and Art Fairs Like Me ‘”
Carla T. Gamalinda – “Art and the inevitable crisis of the screens”
Alee Garibay – “Birth of an alternative culture in the midst of a crisis”
Portia Placino – “Forging on the mountain slope”
Jaffy V. Fajardo – “Nandiyan lang kultura at mga sining”
Jord Earving Gadingan – “Habang Wala Pang Matino”
Mikka Ann Cabangon – “Ang Hikayat in Pag-Aaral from Sining-bayan”
PKL’s shortlist was selected by the following judges: Millet Mananquil, Lifestyle Editor of The Philippine STAR; Remmon Barbaza, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Faculty of Philosophy, Ateneo de Manila University; HG Masters, assistant editor and assistant editor of ArtAsiaPacific; Padmapani Perez, anthropologist, author and owner of the Mt. Cloud bookstore in Baguio; Judy Freya Sibayan, visual artist, curator, founding editor and editor of the Ctrl + P Journal of Contemporary Art; Alvin Yapan, Ph.D., Editor of Katipunan: Journal of Mga Pag-aaral sa Wika, Panitikan, Sining at Kulturang Pilipino and Associate Professor, Kagawaran ng Filipino at Ateneo de Manila University; and Ma. Victoria Herrera, director and chief curator of the Ateneo Art Gallery.
Two winners will be selected from the English category. The winner of the Purita Kalaw Ledesma Prize for The Philippine STAR receives a regular column under “Platforms” in the Art and Culture section of the newspaper, which is published once a month with a total of 12 articles for a year. The winner of the Purita Kalaw Ledesma Prize for ArtAsiaPacific will contribute to this bimonthly publication with a total of six articles for one year.
A winner from the Filipino category will be awarded the Purita Kalaw Ledesma Prize for the Katipunan Journal and will contribute to this biannual research publication with a total of two articles for a year. In addition, the Filipino Category Winner’s essay will be published in The Philippine STAR in August 2021.
The Ateneo Art Awards also expand their network through partnerships with artist communities outside of Manila. The three winners in the FZA category are eligible for local residency grants funded by the AAG and its new partner institutions: No Space Residency, administered by Nona Garcia and Kawayan de Guia in Baguio; Pilipinas project space by Leslie de Chavez in Lucban, Quezon; Casa San Miguel under the direction of Alfonso “Coke” Bolipata in Zambales; and A-Bungalow Residency, managed by Adrian “Adjie” Lizares in Silay.
In addition to the possibility of having their written work published, one of the winners from the PKL category will also be selected and he will be offered a month-long author residence at the Orange Project in Bacolod. This is the first time since the PKL Prize was introduced in 2014 that the AAG and the KLFI have awarded a writer a residency grant. The aforementioned stay will give the winner the opportunity to immerse themselves in and interact with the local Visayas art communities.
The Ateneo Art Gallery will announce the winners via livestream on September 15th. Instead of a physical exhibition, the AAG will publish a series of videos on the selected exhibits and essays after the online award ceremony.
The Ateneo Art Awards 2021 are jointly awarded by the Ateneo Art Gallery and the Kalaw-Ledesma Foundation Inc. in cooperation with the Italian Embassy, the Philippine STAR, the ArtAsiaPacific Magazine and the Katipunan Journal.
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