October is not only for Oktoberfest, Halloween, or the Holy Rosary. It's also for the longest-running visual art fair in the country, ManilART.
ManilART's theme this year is "Forging Futures," which organizers say alludes to the creation of new language–visual and technical–through a process that breaks down the form of the old, leaving the substance to take on a new shape, as in metal through a fiery forge.
"Art is its content, as well as medium, is redefined, expanded, and renewed," organizers note in a press release.
ManilART 2022 saw the debut of "phygital" works, the portmanteau of physical and digital, in the advent of non-fungible tokens or NFTs.
NFTs are valued as extensions or digital prints of the physical piece, whose ownership is tied to the blockchain of a crypto work. They may be valued and traded in virtual art galleries and crypto markets.
The fair is also holding educational talks about Binance, the largest cryptocurrency platform.
This year showcases how the classic meets the contemporary in terms of genres and forms, as well as how veterans and rookies converge and show that Filipino art reflect the times.
Participating exhibitors include:
Now on its 14th year, ManilART was established in 2009 as an annual flagship project of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts.
ManilART runs from Oct. 19 to 23 at the SMX Convention Center at SM Aura in Taguig.
Tickets are available at ticketbooth.ph. VIP slots cost P2,500, while general admission ones cost P250.