28 September 2023
SOMEWHERE ELSEWHERE NOWHERE SUCCESSFULLY GIVES AN AUTHENTIC IMPRESSION AT MACAN MUSEUM 2023
Events | Sep 28, 2023
The Museum Macan successfully attracted many visitors with the exhibition titled Somewhere, Elsewhere, Nowhere, featuring large-scale installations, sculptures, and drawings created over 20 years by Filipino artists Isabel and Alfredo Aquilizan. The event took place from June to September 2023, showcasing some of their masterpieces made from simple and easily found materials that provide a unique and impressive perspective that aligns with a specific theme.
Some of the materials used in Isabel and Alfredo Aquilizan's works include cardboard, flip-flops, toothbrushes, and blankets. For them, these materials are simple media that can evoke ideas about individual identity, history, travel, and migration.
The meaningful works in the Somewhere, Elsewhere, Nowhere exhibition have been created from 1997 to 2023, initially developed for The 6th Havana Biennale in Cuba in 1997. One of the works, titled "Presences and Absences: Project Be-longing," consists of numerous used toothbrushes and aims to respond to the concept of "erasure and memory.". According to the Aquilizan couple, the unused toothbrushes symbolize a nation that has been colonized, where their identity and culture have been lost.
Some of the thematic works include "Presences and Absences: Project Be-longing," "Last Flight III: Project Be-longing," "In-Habit: Project Another Country (Here, There, Everywhere)," "See/Through (Series 1)," and "Dream Blanket Project: Project Be-longing."
Additionally, there are other intriguing works that imply meaning, such as "Left Wing Project," which takes the form of wings. The sickle in the Left wing Project symbolizes hope and draws attention to the impact of industrialization, power imbalances, and inequality in the agricultural sector.
Another notable work is "Caged," which consists of 93 bird cages. These cages are made from reclaimed teak wood and bamboo by local artisans in Yogyakarta, forming the left wing of an airplane.