The Metropolitan Museum of Manila through its International Artist Residency program, welcomes its third artist in residence, Mexican artist Florencia Guillen. Guillen is the prize winner of the 2015 Latin American Roaming Arts (LARA) project. Inspired by her travels around the world, her artworks are narratives of individual reflections and social commentaries. She maps her journeys in first person through video diaries and sounds to showcase overlooked details of everyday life and occurences.
Guillen studied painting at the Istituto per L'arte Spinelli e il Restoration, in Florence, Italy, and later Art History and Visual Arts at Goldsmiths College, in London, UK. She finished her Master’s degree in Visual Arts from the Slade School of Fine Arts in the same city through a grant from the Arts and Humanities Research Council. She has since participated in group exhibitions around the world, and mounted solo exhibits in the United Kingdom, Venezuela, Colombia and Poland.
The Latin American Roaming Arts (LARA) project is a residency project in partnership with Asia Citi Trust designed for traveling artists which focuses in the creation of art from experiences and reflections in the physical and cultural diversities of the places they visit through the program. As last year’s LARA project winner, Guillen will be visiting the country to meet with other artists and curators exchange ideas and insights about cultural and artistic trends in Mexico and the Philippines. She will also be meeting with local weavers and artisans from Laguna and the Ilocos Region to know more about the textile industry in the country. Guillen will open her exhibition at the MET’s Open Gallery on Feb. 20. She will also be holding an artist talk and public interaction on the same day.
Previous artists that the MET hosted were Nicolas Consuegra from Colombia (2013) and Antonio Paucar from Peru (2014).