Mindanao Art 2020: Living Art in a New Landscape
Mindanao Art is an annual event that showcases the works of artists from all over Mindanao. It is the largest art event in Mindanao, and one of the largest in Southeast Asia.
Distinct, dynamic, diverse – Mindanao’s art is the product of its varied sensibilities and perspectives, the creative produce of a culturally rich island at once frontier and center, where tradition sustains innovation, and where innovation breeds new traditions.
Pope Dalisay's "Vinta" stands close to an actual tricycle, which is part of the Mintoda series show of artist
Leonardo Rey "Bing" Carino.
Making Mindanao art accessible to Mindanao and to the world is the driving force behind this year’s Mindanao Art.
Mindanao Art is spearheaded by Lawig Diwa Foundation Inc., in partnership with the National Commission for Culture and the Arts National Committee on Art Galleries (NCCA-NCAG) and Malayan Colleges of Mindanao in Davao City. This year’s event displayed paintings, sculptures and other creative works by artists from different parts of Mindanao. World-renowned artists exhibit alongside promising new names in the largest art fair in the island.
Now on its second year, Mindanao Art 2020 sees Mindanao’s creative community chart exciting new ways forward as visual artists from all over the island celebrate the fair despite the pandemic. This year’s Mindanao Art theme is ‘Living Art in a New Landscape,’ which took on the challenges presented by the global COVID-19 Pandemic as opportunities to innovate and take the visual arts forward.
Designed and constructed by Jon Traya, this impressive vessel stands enormous as a symbol that carries Mindanao forward.
The fair’s main feature is artworks by groups of artists from 16 different cities, provinces and regions of Mindanao, each group having their own gallery. All works are viewable in state of the art virtual museums accessible online free. Works viewable on the virtual galleries are available for sale.
Aside from the regional galleries, Special Projects by featured artists are also exhibited. These special projects were conceptualized both to set a tone of reaching out to the community, and to respond to the pandemic and other issues that Mindanao is facing today.
Through these Special Projects, Mindanao Art helps artists play their organic role in society – to dignify locales by elevating them in the imagination, to showcase the universal humanity in the local particular, and to help heal and empower communities.
A window view to the Mindanao Art 2020 exhibit.
Mindanao Art is held along with another major art event, MinArt Talks, a conference which sees artists, curators, art critics, educators, and cultural bearers from all over Mindanao join multiple panel sessions. MinArt Talks is a platform for the island’s arts community to talk about their work and discuss issues in Mindanao art today. Like Mindanao Art, this year’s MinArt Talks went online. Panel discussions and lectures were held as online conferences broadcasted live using Mindanao Art’s Official Facebook Page and made accessible to everyone.
Accessible, Intelligent, Engaging – Mindanao Art strived to sustain an arts scene that has real and lasting impact on people’s lives.
Mindanao Art’s limited physical exhibit at the lobby of The Malayan Colleges of Mindanao ran for three weeks from 21 October to 15 November 2020. It is the very first art fair that utilized the power of the QR code technology to ensure everyone’s safety as they view Mindanao artists’ best works.
A fiberglass sculpture by Jeff Bangot entitled "Resurrecting" with the Mindanao art 2020 logo at the back. (Photo by Santiago Litrato)
MinArt Talks Online took place on 22 to 25 October.