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11 Apr 2019 - 22 Jun 2019

London | Motions of this Kind exhibition of Philippine contemporary art

Image from Mark Salvatus Ensayo film, showing people in masks.

Motions of this Kind - the biggest Philippine contemporary art show in London with artists and curators from the UK & Philippines - opens on 11 April at Brunei Gallery, SOAS University of London and runs to 22 June.

“Motions of this Kind explores the ebb and flow of images, the surge and sweep of concepts and bodies alike. A title taken from Sir Isaac Newton’s Principia, the expression considers the literal rise and fall of tides as much as the metaphorical fluctuation of ideas. The project explores the historical and contemporary forces linking this archipelago with other key global spheres of social, political, and economic power.”

Artists include: Yason Banal, Jon Cuyson, Lizza May David / Gabriel Rossell Santillàn, Cian Dayrit, Michelle Dizon, Eisa Jocson, Amy Lien & Enzo Camacho, Kat Medina and Mark Salvatus.

Motions of this Kind is co-curated by practitioners from the UK and Philippines, namely Rafael Schacter, Renan Laru-an, and Merv Espina. The Foyle Special Collections Gallery is curated by Cristina Juan with support from Delphine Mercier.

  • First institutional exhibition in the UK dedicated to recent contemporary art practices from the Philippines
  • Newly commissioned works by eleven artists from, or working in, the Philippines
  • Examining “belatedness” and the latency of knowledge between Europe and Southeast Asia

Motions Of This Kind will incorporate a range of public programming. This includes a performance by artist Eisa Jocson (her first performance in the UK) at the private view, a range of experimental film screenings in collaboration with LUX, as well as a 2-day conference at SOAS on the 12th and 13th of April. All of these will be fully open to the public. 

Image: Mark Salvatus "Ensayo" Film Still, 2019