Press Release
November 22, 2017

PHL in Venice Biennale Docu to Air Again on November 23

As The Spectre of Comparison, the Philippine Pavilion at the 2017 Venice Art Biennale, comes to a close on November 27 after a six-month run, the documentary about the Philippines' return to the Venice Biennale will be aired again this week on ABS-CBN News Channel (ANC).

"How To Tie A String Around The World" will air on November 23, 2017, 8:00 p.m.

"The documentary narrates how the idea to return to the world's oldest and most prestigious contemporary art platform was conceived, the mounting and the successful opening of the comeback pavilion, and the warm reception it received. It also provides explanation from the curator and artists themselves on how they developed their concept and works," said Senator Loren Legarda, the visionary and driving force behind the Philippines' successful return to the Venice Biennale in 2015, 51 years after its first participation.

The documentary was created by Manny Montelibano, one of the participating artists in the country's participation in 2015.

The Philippine Pavilion at the 2015 Venice Art Biennale, Tie A String Around The World, was curated by Dr. Patrick Flores of the University of the Philippines Vargas Museum, and featured the late national artists Manuel Conde and Carlos Francisco's film Genghis Khan, Montelibano's multi-channel video A Dashed State, and Jose Tence Ruiz's installation titled Shoal.

Legarda said that the current Philippine Pavilion, The Spectre of Comparison, curated by Joselina Cruz, and all the other Philippine pavilions will also have their own documentaries.

The Philippines' participation in the Venice Biennale is a collaboration by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), and the Office of Senator Loren Legarda, with the support of the Department of Tourism (DOT).

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