THIS PUBLICATION FEATURING 28 FILIPINO ARTISTS PRESENTS THE CHARACTERISTICS OF METRO MANILA’S NEIGHBORHOODS ALONG WITH EACH ARTIST’S VIEWS ON THEIR OWN ART.
It seems like the number of books about Contemporary art in the Philippines that have been published is still comparatively inferior to the level of hotness of the Filipino art scene today. This is perhaps why when No Chaos No Party: 28 Artists in Metro Manila was first published at the end of last year, it caused quite a stir. Nevertheless, the most interesting thing about this publication lies not only in its content as an art book, but in the creator’s attempt to present the relationships between each artist and the chaos and controversy of Manila (the city where a high-end neighborhood and a ghetto exist side by side) along with the impact the city has on art.
Artist and art advocate, Valeria Cavestany, the mind behind the book and Eva McGovern-Basa, the curator who is responsible as the project’s Managing Editor, conducted Q&A sessions with 28 artists such as Maya Munoz, Dex Fernandez, Wawi Navarroza and Kaloy Sanchez. Told in the interviews are their life stories living in the capital city, their neighborhoods and the drives and motivations (both positive and negative) they have encountered, the backgrounds of their artistic creations that are not only related to but also derived from the city. Also introduced are characteristics of the city’s different neighborhoods presented along with the 28 artists’ views on their own art. Accompanying the casual interviews are photographs that capture Manila’s livelihood, the artists’ studios and a spectacular collection of their works. No Chaos No Party also has Inksurge, the Philippines’ veteran design studio, overseeing the design with a final outcome that makes the book worth both your time and money.
TEXT: TUNYAPORN HONGTONG