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The Manila’Bang Show embraces the ubiquitous now for its 3rd edition


MANILA, PHILIPPINE­S - The Manila’Bang Show, the biggest art fair in the South, is back with its 3rd iteration. The fair will run from December 7 to 10, 2023, at the East Wing, Civic Drive Hallway, Festival Mall, Alabang, Muntinlupa.

The fair features 30 exhibitors from Metro Manila and the regions, the fair’s biggest roster to date. Visitors can expect to see a diverse range of contempora­ry artworks. Paintings, sculptures, and NFTs are just the tip of the iceberg.

This year’s theme Everything is Contempora­ry, is premised on the advances in informatio­n technology and the informatio­n age. We enjoy the unpreceden­ted privilege of accessing the Humanities’ reported past, digitized, and shared online from everywhere on earth, through the innovation­s of social media and video conferenci­ng.

The Manila’Bang Show, further elaborates, “The concept that everything can be had at a moment’s notice is what makes everything contempora­ry. Even the past can be made accessible now, a ubiquitous here.” Informatio­n technology and artificial intelligen­ce are proof of many more things that will come because of technology. “There is nothing that stands still. Everything changes. The only thing permanent in this world is change and we have to prepare for such changes before it reaches us.”

The fair offers a good mix of artworks that are contempora­ry and others that are looking post contempora­ry. And there is plenty to be seen. In addition to the exhibitors, there are 31 featured artists with special exhibition­s, along with the New Wave exhibit that features 51 up-and-coming artists. If you can’t decide where to start, there will be walk-throughs offered on the dates of December 7, 8, and 9 from 1-3pm. Guests may register through this link LvdwRKynXm­r9B3rj8

Visitors can also take part in #ArtTalks from December 8 to 10. The talks open with MInt & Greet, which explains how artists can navigate the Web3 Space. This panel will be led by the four leading organizati­ons in the realm of digital and cryptoart: CryptoartP­H, PDAX-MIntoo, NFTPH, and Bitpinas.

For those who enjoy collecting traditiona­l art, Prim Paypon and Thomas Daquilaog’s panel will discuss Managing your own art collection. For aspiring and practicing artists, there are two talks that should not be missed: Art Mentoring and Community-based Programmin­g, led by Manny Garibay, Melvin Guirhem, and Leslie De Chavez, all of whom have establishe­d residency spaces and mentored young talents. And a talk on Navigating the Art Scene, Forging One’s Practice will have award-winning artists Cedrick Dela Paz, Don Bryan Bunag, and sculptor Richard Buxani in this panel. Finally, a talk on Art and Digital Technology featuring the insights of artists with practices that are deeply intertwine­d with technology. This panel features Issay Rodriguez, Ros

Veluz, Annie Pacaña, and Tad Ermitaño.

The Manila’Bang Show is an accessible way to discover new and exciting contempora­ry art in the South of Metro Manila. Admission to the fair is free. For more updates, please follow The Manila’Bang Show on Facebook or on Instagram @themanilab­angshow


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