NIGHTWOOD: Valeria Cavestany and Christina Quisumbing Ramilo

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Valeria Cavestany and Christina Quisumbing Ramilo

13 December 2012 – 10 January 2013

Manila Contemporary is proud to present a two-person show by Valeria Cavestany and Christina Quisumbing Ramilo in the Main and Upstairs Galleries. By transforming the space, viewers forget they are in a gallery and instead enter a haunting forest filled with bespoke objects of fanciful delight and nervous anxiety. Inspired by Djuna Barnes’ novel "Nightwood", the exhibition echoes the book’s thematic interests through visual interpretations of exoticism, desire, fear and play.

The forest at night is often used in visual art and literature as a site for emotional and psychological self-exploration. Working within these terms Cavestany and Quisumbing-Ramilo create an intoxicating environment of sculptural trees, a colourful bed and a monumental house that plays with public and private spaces to become an alternative physical and emotional reality. Like Robin Vote, one of the main characters from the novel, the show, focuses on the pursuit of a ‘secure torment’ through a secretive, autonomous theatre of conflicted love, beauty and pain. Filled with the sights, sounds and smells of an imagined forest "Nightwood" therefore becomes an all encompassing environment, that ultimately acts as a metaphor for the deep recesses of the human psyche, the seen and unseen that we acknowledge and repress.


Whitespace, 2314 Pasong Tamo Extension,
Barangay Magallanes, Makati City

cocktails will be served
Iris +02 576 50 24 /

This exhibition will be on display until 10 January 2013.

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