Feast & Famine

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Feast & Famine
Oca Villamiel
May 15-June 13, 2014
Lobby and West Wing Galleries
UP Vargas Museum

The UP Vargas Museum in cooperation with Light and Space Contemporary opens Feast & Famine, Oscar Villamiel’s fifth one-man exhibition on May 15, Thursday, 6PM at the Lobby and West Wing Galleries of the museum.

In Feast & Famine, Villamiel gathers and displays detritus and discards as a form of testimony: traces of the living in a milieu permeated by malaise.

The exhibition combines several forms of artistic expression that Villamiel has explored over the years: installation, painting, mixed media and assemblage. But going beyond formal or technical concerns, Villamiel salvages and rearranges found objects as traces of social reality. Handmade cages filled with an assortment of discards and artifacts collected around the country harbour narratives of survival. Hundreds of dolls salvaged from one of the country’s largest dumpsites are framed in steel squares, like commodities shipped off to be sold. Books soaked in the flood brought about by the 2009 typhoon Ketsana (Ondoy) are salvaged and stacked together, weighing the loss of implements for learning.

Testifying to the damage wrought, Feast & Famine distills Villamiel’s reflections on the states of crisis beyond the museum’s walls. In various states of desolation and deterioration, these objects tell the stories of our time: the flux of forced migration and economic diaspora, the aftermath of disasters natural and unnatural, the crisis of governance that fester throughout the land.

Villamiel engages in this continuous process of collecting not just as an act of recollecting and interrogating truths, but also as a way of holding on to hope: how light may be found at the end of this journey into darkness.

Oscar, or Oca, Villamiel held his first one-man exhibition in 2009 after nearly two decades of work as a set designer and an entrepreneur in the t-shirt printing business. Since then, he has been holding annual solo exhibitions of works in various art galleries and institutions. In 2013, Villamiel was among the visual artists representing the Philippines in the Singapore Biennale with the installation work, Payatas, produced using thousands of discarded dolls salvaged from the Quezon City landfill.

Feast and Famine will have its opening reception on May 15 at 6pm. 

Exhibit runs until 13 June 2014.

Jorge B. Vargas Museum and Filipiniana Research Center
Roxas Ave. 
UP Diliman, Quezon City

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