Artist and Curator Merv Espina Discusses the Legacy of the longest-running Art Biennale in the Philippines

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Manila-based researcher Espina explores the legacy of VIVA EXCON, within the context of art Biennials and festivals in Asia.


Launched in 1990, VIVA EXCON (Visayas Islands Visual Arts Exhibition and Conference) is the longest-running art biennial in the Philippines.

Merv Espina is Program Director of Metro Manila-based Green Papaya Art Projects, an artist-led initiative established in 2000 tasked with directing the fourteenth edition of VIVA EXCON in November 2018.

In this free talk, Espina examines biennials in Asia located outside major cities, and explores how they transform the local art infrastructure as well as revealing how artists change the scope of these large-scale exhibitions.

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When: 31 Jan 2018 - 31 Jan 2018 Where: Asia Art Archive – A Space, 10/F, Hollywood Centre, 233 Hollywood Road – Sheung Wan