Curious about contemporary art from the Philippines? Then hightail it to AGNSW for Passion and Procession, a feast of installations, videos, sculptures and paintings that reflect the rich past and dynamic present of the country's artistic history. You'll see works exploring religion, ancestral traditions, the relationship between the individual and the community, and the ongoing artistic influence of India, China, Spain and Mexico.
The show is part of the Bayanihan Philippine Art Project, a series of exhibitions and programs designed to celebrate the art and culture of the Philippines. It's an exhibition full of contrast, from Santiago Bose's oil and collage works exploring the intersection between faith and science, to Nona Garcia's striking light box installations, to Geraldine Javier's delicate silk organza and thread octopus-like creatures creeping out of wooden frames. And there's a definite Diego Rivera quality to the colourful acrylic-on-canvas visions created by Rodel Tapaya.
While you're at AGNSW, mosey on over to the Mervyn Bishop exhibition too.
Image: Rodel Tapaya, 'Do you have a rooster, Pedro?,' 2015-16.