Opening event

Wednesday 8 March 2017   |  6.00 pm – 8.00 pm

Artist Talk

Saturday 11 March 2017  |  2.00 pm

Exhibition runs

Wednesday 8 March – Sunday 2 April 2017
c3 Contemporary Art Space
Abbotsford Convent, 1 St Heliers St. Abbotsford, Victoria, Australia 3067

Proximity is an exhibition of works by contemporary Filipino artists from Manila and Cebu.The exhibition considers our relationship to place within the framework of what geographers have termed the ‘new mobilities paradigm’. The exhibition provides an insight into contemporary Filipino issues from a range of perspectives.

Alfred Marasigan

Marasigan is installing a Manila street-side shelter in the gallery space in a continuation of his ongoing series, Locale, which has previously seen him convert a Manila advertising billboard into a colour-field painting, and hang a painted 30ft banner over Manila’s famous Cultural Center of the Philippines.

Nice Buenaventura

Buenaventura’s minimalist work, B.A.B.E.L (Leisurely Erasing Body after Body), considers maps and bodies in both 2D and 3D form. Buenaventura considers the erasure of history and performs placemaking in reverse, using small sculptures to mark places on a map where a historical revision has occurred.


Ivy Marie Apa

Apa’s detailed paintings of decaying plant-life use parchment as surface (pages from her family bible) to speak of the influence of religion in Filipino society and the fragility of time.

Nomar Bayog Miano

Miano, a painting Lecturer at the University of San Carlos, uses niches and votive-like arrangements of carefully sculpted human figures mixed with mundane everyday objects such as toilet paper and soap.

Gigi Ocampo

Ocampo’s female nudes are painted over with make-up similar to jesters and clowns, resisting the madonna-like piety of the female subjects of historical painting.

Soika Vomiter

Street artist (and Cebu ‘badass’) Soika Vomiter will paint his humorous psychedelic figures in a 6ft painting directly on the gallery wall, bringing the Cebu street art scene to Melbourne.

The exhibition is curated by Melbourne artist Tania Smith, who met two of the artists at a residency in Thailand. That the meeting took place in a third country (outside the collaborating artist’s home), became the inspiration behind exploring what place means in a globalised context. The exhibition considers the influence of place on an artist’s work and how our experience of place is felt in an increasingly connected society.

To get a glimpse of what the exhibition is all about, view this short promotional video…

For all media enquiries please contact Tania Smith on 0400 125 186 or via email.

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