Town & Country (Philippines) - - OUT ABOUT CULTURE TOP TEN -

No Chaos No Party, a project by Span­ish-Filipino artist Va­le­ria Caves­tany and edited by Malaysian cu­ra­tor-writer Eva McGovern-Basa, is a 218-page book that at­tempts to ar­tic­u­late the mag­nif­i­cent, art­ful mess that is Metro Manila. Through the very dis­tinct per­spec­tives of 28 con­tem­po­rary artists who work and live in the city, it nav­i­gates through a wide col­lec­tion of glimpses into this ur­ban set­ting’s fa­mil­iar land­scapes and its cu­ri­ous nooks.

Tak­ing a multi-an­gled and multi-gen­er­a­tional method, read­ers get a peek into the per­sonal worlds of vis­ual artists. Their di­verse ex­plo­rations of me­dia, im­ageries, styles, and his­to­ries lay ground for a rein­tro­duc­tion of Manila’s in­tri­cate chaos, with its ter­rains of the pe­cu­liar and mun­dane, the in­ti­mate and the com­mu­nal, the noise and the quiet, the bar­ren and the lush. An ex­po­si­tion of art­works, in­ter­views, and per­sonal archives are used to map th­ese con­ver­sa­tions with the metropo­lis: a love-hate re­la­tion­ship that breeds both en­thu­si­asm and re­luc­tance.

The book is a cel­e­bra­tion of art, the city, and how con­tin­u­ously and tire­lessly they fuel each other. De­spite the seem­ing fu­til­ity in defin­ing the cap­i­tal, this com­pi­la­tion of oral his­to­ries re­veals splen­dor in the mad­ness. Its over­whelm­ing, dis­or­derly, and con­fused facets are used as start­ing points, lead­ing to a sem­blance of car­tog­ra­phy that is uniquely Metro Manila’s.

The pub­li­ca­tion cap­tures the ter­ri­tory along with its con­tra­dic­tions through a collaboration with Inksurge, the graphic de­sign stu­dio of Rex Ad­vin­cula and Joyce Tai, and their uniquely ex­per­i­men­tal ap­proach.

The fea­tured artists in­clude: Pok­long Anad­ing, Re­nato Barja Jr., Va­le­ria Caves­tany, Lena Cobang­bang, Fran­cis Com­meyne, Louie Cordero, Ver­mont Coronel, Les­lie De Chavez, Dex Fer­nan­dez, Carlo Gabuco, David Griggs, Gino Javier, Eisa Joc­son, Romeo Lee, Jose Le­gaspi, Pow Martinez, Maya Muñoz, Wawi Navar­roza, Manuel Ocampo, Christina Quisumb­ing Ramilo, Iggy Ro­driguez, Pee­wee Roldan, Mark Sal­va­tus, Kaloy Sanchez, Ger­ardo Tan, Ryan Vil­la­mael, MM Yu, and Maria Jeona Zo­leta. Avail­able at Aphro, Kar­rivin Plaza, 2316 Chino Ro­ces Av­enue, Makati; for more information, con­tact Eva McGovern-Basa at or 0917. 5763826.


IN YOUR NEIGH­BOR­HOOD Clock­wise from top left: Romeo Lee; Lava Wall by Maya Muñoz; Sub­ject/Ob­ject by MM Yu; Rose and Un­ti­tled by Muñoz; Be and Luna by Christina Quisumb­ing Ramilo.

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