Events: ESKWELA Announces Online Learning Platform, Virtual Talks, Screening, and Encounters for the Art Community

MANILA, PHILIPPINES – Makati-based experimental school ESKWELA is expanding into an online learning platform. During these times of uncertainty, ESKWELA looks to reach a wider audience online as well as prioritize the safety and well-being of the art community.

Talks, screenings, and encounters with guests, as well as resource materials will be uploaded on and on BAP’s social media; available at any time, free of charge.

Through May and June 2020, colleagues and international guests who were scheduled to travel to the Philippines, before COVID-19, will now be available for virtual online sessions. ESKWELA remains engaged with the art community online with detailed schedules to be published soon on their Facebook and Instagram accounts.



May & June 2020 Program Highlights

May 20: Facebook Live talk with Fernanda Eugénio and Gustavo Ciríaco

Fernanda Eugénio and Gustavo Ciríaco are two Brazilian artists based in Lisbon, with backgrounds in dance, anthropology, and site-specific projects. Collaborating since 2009, the artists have been traveling through different cities in South America, Europe and Asia with the nomadic and relational structure of City Labs, putting in conversation the protocols of Ethnography as Situated Performance, by Eugenio, with the contextual creation procedures, which Ciríaco uses in the construction of his immersive and pieces. Both have a trajectory marked by works and researches around the public space. In 2015, they started the project Steaming Cities in New York, hosted by the Hemispheric Institute for Performance and Politics/New York University and in San Art Gallery, in Saigon. More information here.


June: Queer Filipiniana Live talk with Susan Stryker

Susan Stryker is an award-winning scholar and filmmaker whose historical research, theoretical writing, and creative works have helped shape the cultural conversation on transgender topics since the early 1990s. Dr. Stryker earned her Ph.D. in United States History at the University of California-Berkeley in 1992, later held a Ford Foundation/Social Science Research Council post-doctoral fellowship in sexuality studies at Stanford University, and—before her one-year appointment at Yale (2019-2020)—has been a distinguished visiting faculty member at Harvard University, Northwestern University, Johns Hopkins University, University of California-Santa Cruz, Macquarie University in Sydney, and Simon Fraser University in Vancouver. She is the author, co-author, editor, or co-editor of numerous books and anthologies, including Gay by the Bay: A History of Queer Culture in the San Francisco Bay Area (Chronicle 1996), Queer Pulp: Perverse Passions in the Golden Age of the Paperback (Chronicle 2000), The Transgender Studies Reader (Routledge 2006), Transgender History: The Roots of Today’s Revolution (Seal Press 2008, 2017), and The Transgender Studies Reader 2 (2013). More information here.


June: Curatorial Delirium Live talk with Dr. Isobel Whitelegg

Left: David Medalla with Cloud Canyons no. 2, bubble machine, London, 1964. Right: Isobel Whitelegg

Isobel Whitelegg is an art historian, occasional curator, and the Director of Postgraduate Research at the School of Museum Studies, University of Leicester. She specialised in the history of theory of Latin American Art at the University of Essex and has published widely on contexts for the circulation and reception of Latin American Art, including the Bienal de Sao Paulo, and Signals London. Her current research focuses on the relationship between institutional memory and contemporary art. Exhibition projects include Signals: If you like I shall grow (kurimanzutto at Thomas Dane, London, 2018) and a forthcoming retrospective of Cinthia Marcelle (MACBA, 2021). A trustee of the Biennial Foundation, and artist-led organisation Primary, she has previously occupied two positions that operated between academic and arts-institutional contexts: as LJMU Research Curator within the Tate Research Centre: Curatorial Practice & Museology and as Head of Nottingham Contemporary’s Public Programme. With support from British Council Philippines. More information here.


June: Context-Responsive Art Practice Live talk with Jonathas de Andrade
Facebook Live talk with Jonathas de Andrade

Still from Jonathas de Andrade still from Jonathas de Andrade, O Peixe (The Fish), 2016, 16-millimeter film transferred to HD.

Jonathas de Andrade (b. 1982, Maceió, Brazil) lives and works in Recife, Brazil. He uses photography, installation and video to traverse collective memory and history, making use of strategies that shuffle fiction and reality. Jonathas collects and catalogues architecture, images, texts, life stories and recomposes a personal narrative of the past.

His work has been exhibited at the Guggenheim, New York; 11th Dakar Biennial, Senegal; 12e Biennale de Lyon; 2nd New Museum Triennial, New York; 12th Istanbul Biennial; 29th Bienal de São Paulo; 7th Bienal do Mercosul (Porto Alegre); 32 Panorama da Arte Brasileira (MAM-São Paulo); Cite des Arts, Paris; Galeria Vermelho (São Paulo); Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; SculptureCenter, Long Island City; Gdańsk City Gallery, Gdańsk, Poland; CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Art, San Francisco; Casa de Vidro e SESC Pompéia, São Paulo; and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago. He has had residencies at Darat Al Funun, Amman, Jordan; Gasworks, London; and Townhouse Gallery, Cairo / Made in Mirrors Foundation. His prizes include the Future Generation Prize (Special Prize), Prêmio Marcantônio Vilaça (award), and Prêmio PIPA (Finalist 2011).

Stay up to date; detailed schedules to be announced on ESKWELA‘s Facebook and Instagram accounts

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