Ramon E.S. Lerma rlerma at ateneo.edu
Tue Nov 7 11:00:21 PHT 2006

                       The Ateneo Art Gallery

                        in association with

                   The Cross Art Projects, Sydney

           is pleased to announce the forthcoming exhibition

                         A N O N Y M I T Y

                       Featuring the works of
                          Poklong Anading
                   Winner, 2006 Ateneo Art Awards
                 Recipient, 2006 Ateneo Art Gallery
                    Sydney Studio Residency Grant

                         10-19 November 2006
                     The Cross Art Projects and
             Satellite Project at The National Art School

                       Cross Conversations with
    Poklong Anading + Ramon E.S. Lerma, Curator, Ateneo Art Gallery
                       and Closing Reception
                   18 November 2006, 4.00-6.00 pm

The Ateneo Art Gallery and the Cross Art Projects, Sydney, present
"Anonymity," featuring the works of 2006 Ateneo Art Awards winner and
2006 Ateneo Art Gallery Sydney Studio Residency Grant Recipient Poklong
Anading. The exhibition, which runs from 10-19 November 2006, consists of
fourteen photographs in duratrans lightbox format depicting individuals
who the artist randomly accosted on the street, and invited to pose with
mirrors held in front of their faces - the resulting reflection of
sunlight on the camera lens obliterating their identities. A satellite
project is also being organized by The Cross Art Projects at The National
Art School in collaboration with its curator, Katie Dwyer.

Jo Holder, Director of The Cross Art Projects, who selected Anading from
among the three who received the Ateneo Art Awards, the Philippines' most
prestigious annual contemporary art prize, for the Sydney residency this
year says:  "Anading's pun on the nature of photography is a good natured
inversion of the physical process whereby light transforms image onto
paper and the eye relays this image into communication with emotions and
intellect. The inversion is a clever and accessible way to communicate:
to his subjects and to the viewer."

"Street photographic portraiture usually isolates well-known unknowns
momentarily isolated before they disappear into the mass. These images
work in the reverse to the secular gaze: by resisting individuation they
rise above everyday dullness and distraction. However, the work rises
above the level of playful wit to announce the glimmers of reflected
light as a beacon of the imagination and a reminder of impermanence. One
thinks of comparisons with Bill Viola and religious painting tradition
and iconography and the triumph of the anonymous masses!"

"This is original and lucid work with a keen sense of enquiry. Anading
clearly is an experienced communicator of new perspectives. His
originality likes in his willingness to engage with audiences. It is
interesting to note how he re-visits earlier debates on the relation
between community networks and artistic avant-garde."

The Ateneo Art Awards are presented annually by the Ateneo Art Gallery,
the premier museum of mdern and contemporary Philippine art, to Filipino
artists or collectives aged 35 years or under for significant work
presented in an exhibition held at any public venue over the past year.
The two other artists who received the Awards in 2006 are Maya Muñoz and
Mideo Cruz.

As part of his grant, which provides him with roundtrip airfare,
accommodation and an allowance, Anading will also travel to Melbourne and
Bendigo in Victoria courtesy of La Trobe University as part of its 2006-09
Arts Linkage Program with the Ateneo de Manila University.

An exhibition catalogue, with an essay by artist, independent curator and
2006 Ateneo Art Awards juror Jose Tence Ruiz will be available.

For more information about this exhibition, please contact Jo Holder at
joholder at aic.net.au or Ramon E.S. Lerma at rlerma at ateneo.edu

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