At some point of browsing images that pertain to Japan one may have encountered the colored woodblock depicting a tumultuous blue sea swallowing a number of fishing boats. The piece is titled The Great Wave off Kanagawa from the series Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji. Considered as one of the most recognizable works of Japanese art, its artist is equally famous as well. Gaining prominence in the 19th century as one of Japan’s masters in the genre of ukiyo-e (literally meaning “paintings of the floating world”), Katsushika Hokusai became known for his woodblock prints, paintings, and even manga.
By Arvee Gomez
Art continues to evolve, transmitting meanings under different guises and appearances. Instances has it that it has leaped to life from the state of being statuesque, being confined in a canvas, drawn with oils and watercolors. It has transcended the limiting spaces of frames and being tied down by installations. It has adapted to movement as well, perfectly demonstrated by the Moving Korea exhibit by the Korean Cultural Center.
by Beatrix Adorna
Who owns a woman’s body, why does it need to be protected, and who exactly is “she”? These questions are tackled in one of the sequences of She For She: A Women’s Forum, held on May 16, 2017 at Century City Mall events center in Makati. Sequence 3 entitled “Her Body” revolved around defining the contours of women’s bodies: the struggle for women’s reproductive rights, bodily integrity and rebuilding her identity after abuse, and the many facets of womanhood in the Philippine society.
This year, we have invited the dynamic French electronic group Encore! to play in Manila for this celebration. Encore! will be performing during the Fête kick-off party on June 15 at the Novotel Araneta Center and in June 17 for the A-Venue stage in Makati.
Alliance Française de Manille (AFM), in partnership with 1335MABINI, the Embassy of France to the Philippines and Centre Intermondes, is pleased to present About Face, a mini exhibition by the 2016 Philippine Artist Residency Program recipient, French artist Vincent Ruffin located at the staircase area of the Alliance Française de Manille.
Bonifacio Global City High Street is about to become British again as the Great British Festival returns this year from February 24-26. We spoke to the British Ambassador to the Philippines Asif Ahmad about this year’s festival, how the festival has grown in the three years it has been running, and how it reflects the strong relationship the United Kingdom has with the Philippines.