Recommendation by Lemi
All art is political, but 1335Mabini takes on the hard stuff—like history, collective memory, and politics—through exhibitions and discussions. Manila’s nitty gritty issues pressing on the country today are laid bare through exhibitions, public talks, and international linkages. The gallery was originally founded in an old colonial mansion at 1335 Mabini Street in Manila City, where it still operates as Mabini Projects. Artists-in-residence are invited to live and work in the studio for a few months. It’s their pseudo-laboratory where artists and curators play around. It is their new Makati location, however, where the fight unabashedly continues. Their work is critical of the present state of the nation, sometimes holding a dissenting opinion. Recent exhibitions, like “Salvage Projects” by Mark Salvatus have played on mobility in the city and the debris we leave behind, as told through found objects. In 2017, it was the rise of unsolved killings in the country that hung heavy on the artists’ mind, prompting “Notes on Dissent” by artists Junyee, Gus Albor, and Tengal Drilon.
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