On the morning of May 31st (Venice time), the Philippines unveiled ‘The City Who Had Two Navels’ – our entry to the Venice Architecture Biennale 2018 held at the Arsenale. It comprised of a huge multi-channel digital installation and exhibits showing vignettes of the country’s colonial past and neoliberal present urban landscape.
We are so proud of the two Philippine-American Educational Foundation (PAEF) scholars’ participation in this year’s exhibit.
The pavilion’s curator is Architect Edson Cabalfin, Fulbright scholar ’01. He took his Masters in Architecture at the University of Cincinnati and graduated in 2002. According to him, the pavilion argues that “the Philippines does not exist in a vacuum, that it is implicated within power relations, and that it is inextricably intertwined with other nations and people.” (Read more: PH exults as it unveils ‘The City Who Had Two Navels’ at Venice Architecture Biennale 2018)
One of UP Diliman’s representatives is also a PAEF scholar. Diego Imao, son of Fulbright alumnus Toym Imao, is part of the latest batch of Global Undergraduate Exchange Program awardees and is studying Architecture at the UP College of Architecture. “Recognizing that their campus is built by an American colony, UP Diliman presented “HyGrids,” a combination of hyperrealist projections and conceptual grids, and explored how colonialism and neoliberalism exist in a place of other opposing forces such as vegetation and structural density.” (Read more: What makes a Filipino city?: The Philippines at the Venice Architecture Biennale)
The Fulbright Philippines family congratulates them on their successful and astonishing exhibit. Thank you for making the Philippines proud. Mabuhay kayo!