Costume jewelry necklace purchased off the internet, details of production unknown. Sampaguita handmade entirely in silver, commissioned from and designed by John Rey, a local silversmith. A 3D print from scans made at the University of the Philippines College of Fine Arts Fablab, next to ones from 3D models by Arsenio Lukban. A necklace of threads, a collection of ordinary white string and rope found at home and in sewing and hardware stores. Objects professionally photographed by Joey Alvero.
This exhibitioncontains narrations on and
reinterpretations of the sampaguita garland – a common object and industry
found throughout the Philippines and is made with the country’s official
In fine white thread,
sampaguita and ilang-ilang flowers are strung together to create fragrant
garlands with spiritual and practical functions. They are sold in front of
churches or peddled to people in transit, decorating religious statues and
altars in churches and homes or hung over rear-view mirrors as natural air
Working remotely from
their locations in Metro Manila, Melbourne and Laguna, the artists look into the
nature of flora as ubiquitous in each setting, how some are glorified or
exoticised, and how value shifts alongside these transpositions. The works
examine the materiality of symbols, and how meaning changes as the sampaguita
and ilang-ilang are carried from place to place.
Of sampaguita, ilang-ilang Group exhibition with MJ Flamiano and Czar Kristoff c3 Contemporary Art Space, Melbourne, Australia 30 January - 24 February 2019