IN PHOTOS: A first look at Art Fair Philippines 2018

Amanda T. Lago

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IN PHOTOS: A first look at Art Fair Philippines 2018

Alecs Ongcal

From thought-provoking exhibits, to Richard Gomez's strange painting, here's what the Art Fair has in store for viewers

MANILA, Philippines – The Art Fair Philippines 2018 is the biggest yet, taking over the entire carpark at The Link in Makati to showcase art in all its forms – from installations to sculptures to paintings and, for the first time this year, photographs. 

That there is a lot to look forward to for art enthusiasts, students, and creatives is obviously a given – but even casual viewers who are just doing something different for the weekend are in for a thrill. With thought-provoking installations, elaborate sculptures, to paintings that are simply a pleasure to look at spread out across over 13,000 square meters, this year’s Art Fair is truly next-level. (READ: How to enjoy Art Fair PH 2018: Take your time, but skip the selfies)

Part of the Art Fair’s first photo exhibit is a selection of black-and-white photographs from the 1930s and ’40s, by iconic photographer, Weegee (Arthur Fellig). The photographs, which are on loan from the International Center of Photography in New York.

WEEGEE. The iconic photographer's works are on display.


Also part of the photography exhibit is a section that pays tribute to the best works in photojournalism, with photos covering various subjects including the war in Marawi, the war on drugs, and Manila’s Golden Gays.

DOCUMENTARY PHOTOGRAPHY. An entire section of the Art Fair is dedicated to photojournalism.


“Everyday Impunity,” an exhibit curated by Erwin Romulo with photographs by Carlo Gabuco, lighting design by Lyle Sacris, and music by Juan Miguel Sobrepeña, is a chilling take on the war on drugs. The exhibit aims to remind viewers of the drug war’s human cost – an aim ultimately achieved when one sits in the strategically-placed chair in the middle of the room. 

EVERYDAY IMPUNITY. The exhibit places focus on the war on drugs.

EYE-OPENING. The exhibit allows viewers to see and hear the stories of people who have been affected by the drug war.


At the Art Lab booth, the exhibit is a family affair, showcasing installations, paintings, and pieces by the Syjuco family: Cesare, Jean-Marie, Beatrix, Micheline, and Maxine.

FAMILY AFFAIR. Works by the Syjuco family are on display at the Art Lab booth


Richard Gomez, who aside from being an actor and Ormoc City Mayor has also been dabbling in painting, has his work on display at the Secret Fresh Gallery’s booth. 

RICHARD GOMEZ.The actor's paintings are on display at the Secret Fresh Gallery's booth.


Kidlat Tahimik’s installation sits at the center of the 6th floor. The piece, “WW3-the Protracted Kultur War,” depicts Inhabian, an Ifugao goddess, on one side, and screen legend Marilyn Monroe on the other.

CENTERPIECE. Kidlat Tahimik's installation brings together Ifugao legends and contemporary pop culture.


Alvin Gregorio’s pieces feature dogs and wolves against brightly colored backdrops.

BRIGHTEN UP. Pieces by Alvin Gregorio are on display.


Nilo Ilarde’s piece “The Art Fair is Full of Objects, More or Less Interesting; I Wish to Add 24,124 More” is a play on the Art Fair’s carpark-turned-exhibit hall venue, and includes die-cast cars from Hot Wheels.

SEA OF CARS. The installation by Nilo Ilarde features 24,124 cars.


Daniel Dela Cruz’s “Imaginarium” exhibit is reminsicent of the dark, gothic beauty of the Phantom of the Opera.

IMAGINARIUM. The exhibit by Daniel Dela Cruz takes viewers into a carnivalesque world.


Work by Japanese artists can also be found at the art fair, including this incredibly detailed, hyper-realistic sketch by Takahiro Yamamoto. Viewers need to look through a magnifying glass to see that it isn’t actually a photograph.

MIND-BOGGLING. This piece by Takahiro Yamamoto is actually a drawing, not a photograph.


Emmanuel Garibay’s exhibit, “Lansangan,” is a commentary on the country’s socio-political history as he includes paintings that depict various public figures, as well as pieces that show street life in the Philippines.

LANSANGAN. Emmanuel Garibay's exhibit includes paintings that depict various public figures.


Also on view are Anton Del Castillo’s life size sculptures made out of fiberglass resin.

SCULPTED. These fiberglass resign pieces are done by Anton del Castillo.


Pablo Baen Santos’ “Estetiko ng Murahan” features swear words painted on canvas, and displayed in an installation. 

SWEAR WORDS. Pablo Baen Santos' installation is a series of swear words painted on canvas.


The Art Fair Philippines 2018 runs until March 4 at the Link Carpark in Makati. Tickets are available online, and can be bought up to 24 hours before the chosen date of entry. For more information, visit the Art Fair Philippines website. –

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Amanda T. Lago

After avoiding long-term jobs in favor of travelling the world, Amanda finally learned to commit when she joined Rappler in July 2017. As a lifestyle and entertainment reporter, she writes about music, culture, and the occasional showbiz drama. She also hosts Rappler Live Jam, where she sometimes tries her best not to fan-girl on camera.