Philippine Art in France

French-Filipino tandem introduces Philippine contemporary art to France.

Some-Manila-Vice-artists-Pow-Martinez-Jayson-Oliveria-Carlo-Ricafort-Maria-Cruz-Romeo-Lee-Manuel-Ocampo-Photo-by-Romeo-LeeManila Vice is a group exhibition of 23 artists from the Philippines which is currently showing at the Musée International des Arts Modestes (MIAM) in Sète, France. It is curated by Manuel Ocampo, an internationally recognised Filipino artist, in partnership with MIAM founder and fellow artist Hervé Di Rosa, and Pascal Saumade, the museum’s resident curator. Through thought-provoking, satirical, and at times shocking contemporary art pieces, the exhibit aims to present Manila to France as a living and breathing cultural hub with a unique identity. The show has already made a significant impact in Sète, with a front-page feature in Midi Libre and an off-shoot art project taking place between the participating artists and a local art and music festival. Given all this, Manila Vice is a good example of a fruitful artistic collaboration between the Franco-Philippine art communities. It is also proof of France’s growing interest in the Philippines, whose art and culture remain relatively undiscovered by the French audience.

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