Artisan Communities Inspire Thao Nguyen Phan’s exhibition “to paint/to weave” at Arete, Ateneo Art Gallery


to paint / to weave started after a journey by artist Thao Nguyen Phan to visit Rags2Riches (R2R) and its artisan communities. The short trip had an immense effect on the thought and the manifestation of to paint/to weave. However, its conception has begun long before this milestone trip. To paint / to weave is a series of watercolor painting on Vietnamese silk. The paintings depict the scenario of women weaving in various forms, the action is removed from its original setting and has become romanticised and idealised in a timeless, non-specific environment.

Thao Nguyen Phan is a multimedia artist whose practices encompasses painting, installation, and moving images. Through literature, philosophy, and daily life, Phan observes ambiguous issues in social convention, history, and tradition. In addition to her work as a multimedia artist, she is a co-founder of the collective Art Labor, which explores cross-disciplinary practices and develops art projects that benefit the local community.

to paint / to weave opened on November 22, Thursday at The Curve Gallery, 3F Arts Wing, Areté, Ateneo de Manila University.

The project is a collaboration between recipients of the Rolex Awards for Enterprise and the Rolex Arts Initiative, made possible by Rolex. In partnership with Areté, Ateneo Art Gallery, Rags2Riches, Bellas Artes Projects, and the Metrobank Foundation.

Courtesy of Ateneo Art Gallery. For information, address, and contact details, please click here.

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