Fortuna Circuit, a yearly group show based in Cebu, presents its second show: Our Current Condition. In line with the overarching thematic concept reflecting on the self and our position in history, this exhibition questions what our future selves would see where we are now.
Fortuna Circuit exhibits artists from North, South, and Central Philippines, a juxtaposition of names, styles, media, and location, representing the plurality of the Philippines, which endows upon us the current Filipino culture and our skewed understanding of the times in which we live today.
The creative wave over Manila follows the economic prosperity that has blessed the Philippines with the fastest growing GDP in Asia. While the greatest impact has been felt in Metro Manila, only little ripples are felt for the rest of the archipelago; Fortuna Circuit resides outside the main impact zone and seeks to address this disparity. The ratio of galleries to the population could be regarded as a skewed indicator, but one cannot ignore the inequality in the province – this could be seen as an appropriate representation of the distortion of wealth, culture, and social society that has come to represent the Philippines.
It is the outer islands that is responsible for the capital's richness. The millions of strata that mesh together create the entropy that is Metro Manila – it is the embodiment of our Archipelago. The 7,171 islands that make up the Philippines contribute towards the diversity of cultural wealth that Filipinos possess. It also contributes to the complexity of our archipelagic identity. It might be said that non-indigenous ideologies have to lead us to forget our archipelagic roots in favor of linear trains of thought that continue to consolidate in a primitive manner.
The artists in Our Current Condition are young artists who are creating ripples with a multitude of media: photography, paintings, video, works on paper, and installations. Photography and video works by Zach Aldave, RV Sanchez, and Marc Abuan reflect our daily sensibilities and quotidian musings. Patricia Kyle Mendoza’s residence in Cebu gives her the privilege of observing the islands in relation to the larger context of Southeast Asia. So do brothers Joey and Jude Bartolome, whose works are seen in both mainstream and underground art spaces. Renz Baluyots muses on the creative destruction of our own society and Lroy New explorations beyond the human remind us that we’re all pretty much the same at the end of the day.
Through Our Current Condition, we see that as we seek for validation for our position in this globalized world, we soon realize that this is merely a trick we play on ourselves; it is not the conferred center but the periphery that makes the statement.