Welcome to the Goethe-Institut RiverScapes Blog.
Coordinated by Goethe-Institut Hanoi, 6 curators and 17 artists from Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Myanmar, Indonesia and the Philippines have been working on the subject of ecological and cultural change of major river landscapes in Southeast Asia, creating installations, photo series, video and sound installations. Riverscapes INFLUX Blog followed the artists’ working process and gives an insight on how the artworks evolved. The exhibition has been shown in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and Bangkok, and will now tour the other participating countries until March 2013.
The exhibition will tour the following countries from April 2012 to March 2013:
The main river system in Eastern Metro Manila is called the San Mateo -Marikina River (Tagalog: Ilog ng Marikina). I have lived within walking distance of the Marikina River my entire life.
At present it is a struggle for me to find leisurely and pleasurable moments in my community because of the pollution of the river. The significant changes in my environment are what urged me to start my “Perfume Bar” project, which began in the year 2009 as a survey of the ecological deterioration of my city. This particular project focuses mainly on the Marikina riverside area. After interacting and exploring with other villagers beside the river, I created three perfumes to express the situation of the people who live beside the river. This project is an attempt to use the olfactory sense of perception as a medium in fine art combined with my study of the art of glass blowing in order to create vessels for the perfumes.
Curated by: Claro Ramirez
born in 1987, is a painter, glass sculptor and installation artist based in Metro Manila, Philippines. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting at the University of the Philippines Diliman in 2009 and recently completed a glass blowing workshop at Scuola Abatte Zanetti, Murano. In 2009 she was shortlisted for the Ateneo Art Awards for her glass and olfactory installation “The Perfume Bar”, a version of which was subsequently included in the landmark exhibition “Thrice Upon A Time” at the Singapore Art Museum. Her works explore the layered relationships between ecology, spirituality and the feminine.