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Events: SILVERLENS to Host a Symposium with Artists Martha Atienza and Yee I-Lann on Communities, the Environment, and the Art

MANILA, PHILIPPINES — SILVERLENS will be hosting a symposium with Dutch-Filipino artist Martha Atienza and Sabahan Artist Yee I-Lann, where they will be discussing their art in broader context, along with their ongoing solo shows with them, “Equation of State” and “ZIGAZIG ah!” respectively.

Martha Atienza learned more about ecosystems and gained a richer understanding of the sea from her conversations with members of Bantayan Island’s community. Through different collaborations using island technology, Atienza produced installations and videos that present and question matters around the environment and socio-economic development.

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Similarly, Yee I-Lann teamed up with weavers from Keningau in the Borneo interior and Pulau Omadal, Semporna, in the Sulu Sea to create woven mats for “ZIGAZIG ah!”. Yee and the communities she worked with explored traditional crafts and aesthetics to tease out contemporary readings that also raise issues regarding community, empowerment, and alternative sustainable livelihoods.

Joining them are community organizerHaley Atienza, artist Roberth Fuentes, compressor diver Mario Forrosuelo, weaver Kak Roziah, and community organizer Omarjan Ibrahim Jahuran. Given their inclusive approaches, the artists and their collaborators encourage audiences to consider the role of art and culture in socio-economic development and the power of artistic collaborations.

The symposium will be from 1 to 4 PM at Silverlens, 2263 Don Chino Roces Avenue Extension, Makati City. Admission is free, but limited slots are available. RSVP to secure your seat.

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