My previous trips to Manila took place in 2008 and 2009, when I visited the city for a commission to shoot Chinatowns in a Globalizing Southeast Asia (Singapore: Chinese Heritage Centre, 2009) and to do fieldwork for Photography in Southeast Asia: A Survey (Singapore: NUS Press, 2016).
After a long hiatus, I am happy to return to Manila for a series of events on July 2017.
This trip has been made possible primarily through the invitation of Trasatlántica PHotoEspaña 2017 in Manila, held in collaboration with Pioneer Studios and University of Saint Benilde.
My duties include serving as a reviewer for the portfolio reviews from 19 to 20 July at Pioneer Studios.
I also delivered a lecture titled “Photography in Southeast Asia: A Survey” at De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde, School of Design and Arts. This session serves as the Manila launch of my aforementioned book (of the same title). This event is supported by artbooks.ph.
The talk tracks the evolution of photojournalism, documentary work, conceptualism and art photography in Southeast Asia, from the colonial era to the contemporary, focusing on the embodiment and embedded-ness of photographic practices.
Outside of my involvement with Trasatlántica PHotoEspaña 2017 in Manila, I also delivered a slightly different iteration of my talk at Asian Center for Journalism (ACFJ), Ateneo de Manila University, on 21 July 2017. The focus here is on the intersections between journalism and art in Southeast Asia, problematising the reductive and well-worn binary of art versus photography.
I would like to thank Aaron R. Vicencio for the invitation to speak at ACFJ.