Calle Wright is an art house located in the heart of Malate, Manila
An initiative realized by Isa Lorenzo and Rachel Rillo of Silverlens, it is a venue for mid-career and established artists to exhibit their work within a historical context. As an art space, it aims to engage community audiences and spaces within Manila, while also fostering an exchange between artists, curators, and cultural workers both within the Philippines and abroad.
Nap Jamir II, Robin Rivera, and Tapio Snellman
22 March - 23 June 2019
Underbelly is an examination into the unseen and the unnoticed. It is the soft side of an animal, something tucked away, sometimes sinister, and ultimately, hidden from sight.
Coming together from different practices, Nap Jamir II, Robin Rivera, and Tapio Snellman create works that highlight the vulnerable and hidden. Taking cues from the neighborhood and architecture, Underbelly takes strides between both the illusionary and palpable. Jamir, Rivera, and Snellman echo what is visible to expose the overlooked and unexamined.
Previous exhibitions at Calle Wright have been opportunities for artists to react to its architecture as a site. Continuing from this, Underbelly is prompted by the space’s architectural elements, yet is also an acknowledgement of impermanence and the persistence of change and weathering. In the end, we will only be left with traces of what was — a whisper of false memories or a past life.
Jamir, Rivera, and Snellman work across photography, sound, and video. Underbelly is the intersection of these mediums; a nudge that reverberates across the space and its surroundings. Through photography, Jamir reveals underlying levels of depth not only present in the image, but what lies behind it. Rivera’s sound installation, Wash, is a nod to the often neglected nuances of the cymbal, calling to our attention what comes after the loud crash of metal. Snellman’s videos are observations into Malate and its position in a swiftly developing and changing city.
Jamir, Rivera, and Snellman were invited by Judy Freya Sibayan, who has previously exhibited in Calle Wright. Their participation is a part of Calle Wright’s continuous programming, where future exhibiting artists are selected by those previously exhibited in the space.
NAP JAMIR II is a photographer, cinematographer and director in advertising and feature films. Jamir began his artistic practice in the 70s and was awarded the Thirteen Artists Award in 1974. He has participated in the ASEAN Traveling Exhibition of Paintings / Photography and represented the country in the Valparaiso Biennale of Prints. As a cinematographer, Jamir has worked on both independent and commercial projects. His work as a cinematographer has been recognized and awarded through CineMalaya, To Farm Film Festival, Urian Awards, and Young Critics Circle Awards. Jamir is currently a senior lecturer at the University of the Philippines Film Institute, the UP College of Fine Arts, and the Asia Pacific Film Institute. He frequently conducts workshops with the Film Development Council of the Philippines in developing film communities in Mindanao and the Visayas.
ROBIN RIVERA is an Associate Professor of Art Studies at the University of the Philippines in Diliman. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Broadcast Communication from the University of the Philippines in Diliman, a Master of Arts degree in Communications from the Ateneo De Manila University, and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Philippine Studies from the University of the Philippines in Diliman. His areas of study are music and music production, popular art, and sound studies. He is also a practicing composer, performing musician, and recording producer. He was the sound researcher for the Batangas City Museum, provided the sound design for the UP Vargas Museum's 2008 "Dramaturgical Revelations of Everyday Life" exhibit, and produced music albums by the UP Cherubim and Seraphim, Elena Mirano, Kontragapi, Eraserheads, Dong Abay, Sugarfree, Peryodiko, and Bullet Dumas.
TAPIO SNELLMAN is a London-based filmmaker, architect, urbanist and visual artist engaged predominantly in architectural and urban subjects. His work includes immersive film installations, documentaries, experimental 3D animation and site-specific film projections for museums, theatre, dance and opera. Snellman’s films and installations have been exhibited internationally, at venues including the V&A, and Tate Modern in London, the Guggenheim Museum and MoMA in New York and frequently as part of the Architecture Biennale in Venice. Born in Helsinki of Finnish/Swiss parentage, Snellman studied in Germany and England and worked in Japan before setting up base in London. Through the curatorship of Judy Freya Sibayan, Snellman was previously commissioned by Boysen’s KNOxOUT Project EDSA in 2012 for a 600m long mural entitled Cubao Incision.