FOTOMOTO 21 INVITATIONAL: PORTRAIT
This unusual exhibition is mounted in collaboration with FotomotoPH, a collective of Filipino photographers, who aim to make this an annual event. Arbilo is featured among a hundred Filipino and Philippines-based photographers including professionals, photo-journalists, artists, as well as amateurs and hobbyists.
A wordplay on Fotomoto (“photo mo ‘to”), the event highlights portraits of a society recently isolated by a pandemic but are slowly touching base with people they would love to be with especially this holiday season.
Fotomoto 21 has no competition element. Artists were invited to respond to a theme for this year’s inaugural launch. Its objective is to present a selection of contemporary Philippine portrait photography that spark discussions on our sense of familiarity, estrangement, and solidarity.
PFAStudios is hosting the collective’s first regional iteration in partnership with art/n23. It is presented in parallel with multiple exhibition sites in Manila such as Kondwi Gallery in Poblacion Makati, Karrivin Alley on Chino Roces and Manila House in Bonifacio Global City.
Chicken Hands displays three images in a community garden in a quiet neighborhood of the city. Mounted as placards in the middle of a vegetable patch, the public is called to contemplate on the weathered hands of Arbilo’s subjects. His women gaze serenely into his camera, unapologetic of their plight as domestic workers.
By providing on-site and online viewing experiences, PFAStudios contributes to the conversations that the Fotomoto collective brings to Philippine photography. It seeks to represent Negros-based photographers in its next iteration.
The photo installation is visible from the street at 58 E.J. Blanco Drive in Barangay Piapi, Dumaguete City. Access to the Kahit Munti community garden is open to the public for FREE daily 11AM – 5PM. Prints are for sale on demand via @art.n23.
STUDIO GRANT 2021-2022
Born in 1996, Vincent is a writer and researcher from Manila. His inquiry and practice circuits on poetics, design, media & technology, and philosophy of post-nature. He received his B.A. in Language and Literature from the University of the Philippines and is currently studying in the Critical Philosophy program at The New Centre for Research & Practice in Seattle, USA.
Vincent is currently working on a manuscript of experimental fragments called “Gulf Agenda” in three parts entitled Entreat, Domestication, and Latitudes.