Sunday, August 5, 2012

Beyond the Basic Canonical Art-talk : Julie Tolentino and Yason Banal

Beyond the basic canonical approach to art-talk -
by Julie Tolentino and Yason Banal
curated by Lian Ladia
January 25, Wednesday, 8pm, Green Papaya Art Projects

Green Papaya Art Projects hosts two accomplished artists as they share their projects, collaborations and exhibitions outside of Manila. Discussions ranges from Madonna to Frieze Art Fair, Diamanda Galas to documenta. Julie Tolentino and Yason Banal from separate art communities share commonalities by being accomplice to a career outside and beyond Manila. Kamuning staples pork barbecue, itlog na pula, atsara, steamed rice and ice cold beer will be served.

About the Artists
Julie Tolentino creates intimate solo movement-based installations including time-based durational performances informed by critical discussions of race, queerness, borders and the spaces of movement.  Tolentino founded the NY Clit Club (1990) as well as early 90’s queer weeklies hosting performance: Tattooed Love Child and Dagger.  She has appeared in Madonna’s SEX Book, and a featured artist for an artist book by Rodarte photographed by Catherine Opie.  She has been a member of the advisory board for the Lesbian, Gay Bisexual and Transgender Anti-Violence Project and The New Festival Film Fest in New York City.  After twenty five years in NYC, Filipina/El Salvadorean artist Tolentino splits time between Los Angeles and the Mohave Desert, slowly building a solar-powered home and art residency studio.Tolentino’s work has been presented at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt (Berlin), Pact Zollverein (Essen), La Batofar (Paris), Performa05 Biennial (New York), Spill Festival/Visions of Excess (London), MOCA (Los Angeles) to name a few. Currently, she has received a fully sponsored grant from Arts Matters to research new work with Stosh Fila in performance and movement making. Her explorations and interviews include opening to the city of Manila, meeting and working with queer Filipino artists - as well as experiencing her first time to trip to the Philippines. Julie thanks Green Papaya, Roselle Pineda, Ling Quisimbing, Carlos Celdran, Daniel Darwin, and Jef Carnay.

Yason Banal’s work moves between performance, installation, photography, video and text, taking myriad forms and conceptual strategies in order to explore, perhaps even trigger, suppressed associations and links. He obtained a BA in Film at the University of the Philippines, an MFA in Fine Art at Goldsmiths College-University of London, residencies at the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam and AIT in Tokyo, and visiting lectureships at London Metropolitan University and Tokyo National University of Fine Art and Music. His works have been exhibited at Tate Modern, Frieze Art Fair, IFA Berlin, Courtauld Institute of Art, Jakarta Biennale, Guangzhou Triennale, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts San Francisco, Art Cologne, Singapore Biennale and Oslo Kunsthall among others.

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