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BAP TALKS I AM NOT BRUCE CONNER: A Talk by Bruce Jenkins  TBD | POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE | Ateneo Art Gallery in Areté I AM NOT BRUCE CONNER: A Talk by Bruce Jenkins is a preview of Bellas Artes Projects’ (BAP) upcoming exhibition Bruce Conner: Out of Body, opening at the Outpost on February 24, 2018 with a special screening presentation at Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar, premiering on March 3, 2018, curated by Diana Campbell Betantcourt. Professor Bruce Jenkins will deliver in real time from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) an overview of the late American conceptual artist Bruce Conner's (1933-2008) body of work-- with an emphasis on his revolutionary films--and his impactful legacy. A conversation with Diana Campbell Betancourt will immediately follow. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . BRUCE JENKINS Bruce Jenkins is Professor of Film, Video, New Media and Animation, Art History, Theory and Criticism at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Prior to his appointment at SAIC, he was the Stanley Cavell Curator at the Harvard Film Archive and served many years as the Director of Film/Video at the Walker Art Center. Jenkins has written for arts journals including Artforum, Millennium Film Journal, and Mousse Magazine, major museum exhibition catalogues, and published books on Gordon Matta-Clark, Bruce Conner, and Hollis Frampton. Currently he is at work co-authoring the second volume of the catalogue raisonné for the films of Andy Warhol, published by Whitney Museum of Art and Yale University Press. DIANA CAMPBELL BETANCOURT Diana Campbell Betancourt is the Artistic Director of Bellas Artes Projects and curator of Bruce Conner: Out of Body. Since April 2016, she has curated at Bellas Artes Outpost Prelude: Carlos Amorales, Nazareno: Quiapo Constellations by Pawel Althamer, High Noon at Cagayan Garden by Isabel and Alfredo Aquilizan and the upcoming solo exhibition of Filipino artist Cian Dayrit. She is also working with a number of international artists including Rana Begum (Bangladesh), Cristina Lucas and Fernando Sanchez (Spain), Tatzu Nishi (Japan) and Eddie Peake (UK) among many others for their art residencies with BAP in Bagac, Bataan. In addition, she is concurrently the Artistic Director of Samdani Art Foundation and Chief Curator of Dhaka Art Summit in Dhaka Bangladesh, a major research and exhibition platform for art in South Asia. She is currently developing the Foundation’s forthcoming Srihatta-Samdani Sculpture Park and Art Centre in Sylhet and the Summit’s fourth edition, both opening in 2018.  

BAP TALKS

I AM NOT BRUCE CONNER: A Talk by Bruce Jenkins 
TBD | POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE | Ateneo Art Gallery in Areté

I AM NOT BRUCE CONNER: A Talk by Bruce Jenkins is a preview of Bellas Artes Projects’ (BAP) upcoming exhibition Bruce Conner: Out of Body, opening at the Outpost on February 24, 2018 with a special screening presentation at Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar, premiering on March 3, 2018, curated by Diana Campbell Betantcourt. Professor Bruce Jenkins will deliver in real time from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) an overview of the late American conceptual artist Bruce Conner's (1933-2008) body of work-- with an emphasis on his revolutionary films--and his impactful legacy. A conversation with Diana Campbell Betancourt will immediately follow.

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BRUCE JENKINS

Bruce Jenkins is Professor of Film, Video, New Media and Animation, Art History, Theory and Criticism at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Prior to his appointment at SAIC, he was the Stanley Cavell Curator at the Harvard Film Archive and served many years as the Director of Film/Video at the Walker Art Center. Jenkins has written for arts journals including Artforum, Millennium Film Journal, and Mousse Magazine, major museum exhibition catalogues, and published books on Gordon Matta-Clark, Bruce Conner, and Hollis Frampton. Currently he is at work co-authoring the second volume of the catalogue raisonné for the films of Andy Warhol, published by Whitney Museum of Art and Yale University Press.

DIANA CAMPBELL BETANCOURT

Diana Campbell Betancourt is the Artistic Director of Bellas Artes Projects and curator of Bruce Conner: Out of Body. Since April 2016, she has curated at Bellas Artes Outpost Prelude: Carlos Amorales, Nazareno: Quiapo Constellations by Pawel Althamer, High Noon at Cagayan Garden by Isabel and Alfredo Aquilizan and the upcoming solo exhibition of Filipino artist Cian Dayrit. She is also working with a number of international artists including Rana Begum (Bangladesh), Cristina Lucas and Fernando Sanchez (Spain), Tatzu Nishi (Japan) and Eddie Peake (UK) among many others for their art residencies with BAP in Bagac, Bataan. In addition, she is concurrently the Artistic Director of Samdani Art Foundation and Chief Curator of Dhaka Art Summit in Dhaka Bangladesh, a major research and exhibition platform for art in South Asia. She is currently developing the Foundation’s forthcoming Srihatta-Samdani Sculpture Park and Art Centre in Sylhet and the Summit’s fourth edition, both opening in 2018.


 

ONGOING exhibition

Cian Dayrit: Busis Ibat Ha Kanayunan (Voices from the Hinterlands) 
December 7, 2017 - January 23, 2018 | Bellas Artes Outpost

Bellas Artes Projects is pleased to present ‘Busis Ibat Ha Kanayunan (Voices from the Hinterlands)’, an exhibition by Cian Dayrit. During his residency at Bellas Artes Projects, Dayrit focused his research into the history and mythology of the Ayta Magbukun community of Bataan, a deeply marginalized Indigenous Peoples group in central Luzon, examining their position in relation to colonial and post-colonial history and their representation in ethnographic studies of these periods, in close conversation with members of the community. The exhibition is part of an ongoing project from his residency.

In Busis Ibat Ha Kanayunan (Voices from the Hinterlands), Dayrit speaks with, rather than for, the 18 Ayta communities of Bataan province, using art as a vehicle to tell their stories of origin and of contact with the world around them. They’ve transformed Bellas Artes Outpost into an outpost for the Bataan Ayta histories and culture via a timeline, historical photographs (many of them illustrative of a form of colonial gaze that this show attempts to thwart), field recordings, readings, and of course, Dayrit’s art created in collaboration with the craftsmen at Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar. Walking around Bataan, Dayrit was surprised at how few people engage with the indigenous Ayta communities, and this is a research-based artistic project aimed to foster a deeper understanding between highland and lowland communities, and also to publically discuss the complexities around representing indigenous communities and around cultural appropriation in the art world.

This exhibition requires time, sensitivity, and careful listening in order to shift one’s frame of mind from passage one to two and empathize with the stories Dayrit and the Aytas share here. There is no such thing as a “pure” culture anymore, but deeply embedded community projects such as these are one small steps of resistance against a globalism of values that threaten to strip us from the wealth of our cultural diversity. This dynamic exhibition, and the literature within it, will grow throughout the duration of the show and return back to Bataan in a new form for the Ayta communities there, therefore falling outside of trivial tropes of exoticism often used when attempting to engage with indigenous issues from privileged perspectives.

*this text uses the spelling of “Ayta” (as used by the Ayta communities of Bataan) instead of “Aeta.”


 

about us

Founded in 2013 by Manila based patron Jam Acuzar, Bellas Artes Projects is a registered non-profit foundation that draws inspiration from the Rafael Enriquez y Villanueva mansion built in 1867. An artist himself, Enriquez y Villanueva donated this building, transforming it into Escuela de Bellas Artes, then by 1908it became the first campus of the University of the Philippines - School of Fine Arts located along Hidalgo Street, Quiapo. Since 2007, the mansion has been moved to Bagac, Bataan as part of Jose Acuzar's collection of antique houses called Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar.

Bellas Artes Projects is a not-for profit, non-collecting institution that supports and engages with art that is experimental, educational, and as accessible as possible to all audiences. In this regard, BAP opened in early 2017 a Manila space called Bellas Artes Outpost that produces four exhibitions a year with a free public programme and a reading room to inspire creative thinking and engagement with the arts. The Outpost aims to build a new audience of art enthusiasts by engaging them with the artistic process of BAP’s artists and artisans in residence.   

 
 
 
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Artist in Residence

In this spirit, and with a headquarters in the historical building from which its name is derived, Bellas Artes Projects is centered on supporting the production of contemporary artists, providing a space of experimentation and interdisciplinary collaboration with Filipino heritage building and craft techniques, largely through residencies on its campus at Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar. Past artists in residence include Hugo McCloud (USA), John C. Gonzales (USA) and Alwin Reamilo (Philippines). The foundation regularly collaborates with Filipino institutions such as the Museum of Contemporary Art and Design (MCAD), supporting the production of leading international artists such as Paul Pfeiffer and Michael Lin. 

Alfredo and Isabel Aquilizan

Alfredo and Isabel Aquilizan

John C. Gonzales

John C. Gonzales

 
 
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