Location MCAD, Manila
DateDecember 7, 2017 - March 4, 2018
Urban environments as perceived centers are showing signs of implosion and the edges are starting to fray. Flatlands ascribes the idea of flatness to the re-imagination of ‘peripheral’ sites as points of origin rather than as geographies often marked as colonized territories. While globalization tends towards homogeneity, glossing over the complexities of histories of colonialism and cross-cultural exchanges, the artists in the exhibition seek out stories hidden, dismissed or forgotten. Across all the works in the exhibition, each of the artists engaged with sites from cities to closed rooms, re-orienting various notions of origin and influence. Flatlands looks upon the efforts of decolonization through readings of our constructed environment from that of African cities, India’s Chandigarh, to the Neapolitan beaches of the town of Licola.