UP Vargas Museum unveils Diokno Pasilan’s Ganta

Diokno Pasilan’s Ganta will open on March 20, 2013, 4 pm, at the Ground Floor Lobby and West Wing Gallery of the Jorge B. Vargas Museum and Filipiniana Research Center, University of the Philippines-Diliman. The exhibition is open for viewing until April 20, 2013.

Kinalawang Larawan  #1 by Diokno Pasilan, Iron Dust on Archival Paper, 45” x 45”

Kinalawang Larawan #1 by Diokno Pasilan (Iron Dust on Archival Paper | 45” x 45”)

A word referring to an act of measuring or signifying a quantity, the title Ganta derives from Pasilan’s appropriation of a local device used to gauge the volume of grain. In this exhibition, the artist transforms the cube-like form of the gantangan into lightboxes evincing images of indigenous houses. These glowing cubes become modules arranged in an installation revealing the artist’s engagement with the material culture of various locales he inhabits.

Gantang Ukay ukay by Diokno Pasilan, Textile, Wax and Wooden box, Variable

Gantang Ukay ukay by Diokno Pasilan (Textile, Wax and Wooden box | Variable)

Recent and new works in the exhibition enrich the metaphors he explores in his art practice about people and communities, with portraits of the elderly that vividly capture precarious conditions as well as endurance, and sculptures depicting organic and abstract forms. In this entire assemblage of works, the artist weaves stories and narratives, responds to local conditions, and plays the role of a visitor who is neither distant nor alien from his subjects. This exhibition brings together an assortment of objects and images that inspire the artist’s practice.

It also features a collaborative performance with fellow migrant artist in Australia, Martin Heine.

Diokno Pasilan (b. 1963) lives and works in the Philippines and Australia. He received a Diploma of Fine Arts from the Western Australian School of Art, Design & Media in 2000. He was also one of the founding members of the artist-run space Kurb Gallery in Perth. His art production includes painting, installation, video, performance, and music. He was involved in the musical groups Asin and Pinikpikan.

For more information, please contact Vargas Museum at (02) 928-1927 (direct line), (02) 981-8500 loc. 4024 (UP trunkline), (02) 928-1925 (fax) or send an e-mail to You may also log on to their official website and Facebook page.

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