University of the Philippines Vargas Museum
8 December 2017 – 27 January 2018

Installation view of the Place of Region in the Contemporary at the Vargas Museum

In this incipient moment, PCAN is shaped by the concerns and anxieties implicated in the phrase “Place of Region in the Contemporary.” It is a deliberately elusive term, the better perhaps for PCAN to move within a wide latitude as it explores its various nodes, its endeavors or impulses of making: making art, making exhibitions, making relations.

At this stage, too, PCAN scans a wide horizon to set the coordinates of the “Philippine” that is oftentimes reduced to the national. It is at this point that the “region” becomes some kind of a foil, though not necessarily a binary opposite or an alternative. The region is imagined to having a place, a geography, and therefore a geopolitic and a geopoetic. But when “place of region” is formulated, the geography becomes charged with the urgency of position, an assertion of location. PCAN is currently under this atmosphere of positionality and locality that is exigent and interested.

PCAN mindfully reflects on the notion of “region” as a level of locality; it may be construed as hometown or island within the nation or a space beyond the nation such as the inter-nation. However it is regarded, the region is turned into a trope to track sites and zones of various scales so that it could recover traces of agency from the hardened identities and monolithic rubrics of nation or globalization. All this plays out in an inchoate environment or a complex milieu called the contemporary. Needless to say, the latter is re-inscribed in the interrogation of both place and region.

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Works by Jess Ayco, Santiago Bose, Abdulmari Imao, and Junyee as part of PCAN’s Knowledge Production and Circulation coordinator Roberto G. Paulino’s project on Philippine artists born or based in the regions
Installation view of Traversals/Trajectories: Expansive Localities, an exhibition curated by PCAN’s Exhibition and Curatorial Analysis coordinator Tessa Maria Guazon