Back to Square 1 is primarily focused on the re-kindling if not progressive recovery of the creative impulse―the most basic reasons behind why artists make and do art.
In an attempt to invoke art's origins in community engagement, and the spurring on of individual and shared imagination, this initial undertaking underlines how artistic intent can and should continually be challenged to move beyond mere functionality and personal commercial gain.
Philippine Women's University
Exhibiting Artists include: Eva Fontana, Antonello Matarazzo, Rebecca Ruige Xu, Nick Rand, Ahmed Mohsen Mansour, Rolf Versteegh, Lin Klaassen-Zwamborn, Toine Klaassen, Didier Feldmann, Maria Korporal, Igor Imhoff, Igor Krasik, Rimas Sakalauskas, Maria Korporal, Lépine Vincent, Adrian Regnier Chavez, Mauricio Sanhueza, Hideyuki Tanaka, Marta Roberti, Ora, Juan Carlos Zaldivar, Lino Strangis, Silvana Sferza, Gérard Cairaschi, Ülo Pikkov, ferrie = differentieel, Isabel Pérez del Pulgar, Roberto D'Alessandro, Jessica Fenlon, Nam Le, Ouestbrouq, and Francesca Fini.
Organizers: Arvin Flores and Mai Saporsantos
Claro J. Ramirez is among the co-curators of the 2013 Singapore Biennale and curator for the Philippines of Goethe Institut's travelling exhibition, Riverscapes INFLUX. His most recent projects include participation in Art Video Exchange at Smallprojects Tromsø 2012 and the 14th Jakarta Biennale as well as exhibitions at Finale Art File and Mo Space Gallery in the Philippines.
He is a 2000 Cultural Center of the Philippines Thirteen Artists Awardee and was the 2009 NCR Curator for the Sungdu-an National Visual Art Exhibition at the National Museum of the Philippines. Ramirez has done consultancy work for artistic direction of exhibitions and new media projects at the Lopez Memorial Museum and other institutions such as the Cultural Center of the Philippines, Japan Foundation, and the Museum of Contemporary Art and Design at the College of St. Benilde, De La Salle University.
He is a multimedia artist whose paintings, sculpture, photography, soundwork and mixed media installations have been exhibited in China, Japan, Bangladesh, Denmark, Poland, and the United States. His work has also been shown at the National Museum, Cultural Center of the Philippines, the Metropolitan Museum of Manila, Lopez Museum, Ayala Museum, Ateneo Art Gallery, GSIS Museo ng Sining, Negros Museum, West Gallery, Finale Gallery, The Drawing Room, Crucible Gallery, Kulay Diwa, Gallery 139, The Junk Shop, and Surrounded by Water. Ramirez is a former apprentice of National Artist for Visual Arts Cesar Legaspi, and a graduate of the University of the Philippines and University of Santo Tomas. He also serves as a faculty member of the Southville International School IBO Visual Arts Program.
Eileen Legaspi-Ramirez is an Assistant Professor at the University of the Philippines Department of Art Studies. She was curatorial consultant of Lopez Museum (2005-2012), presently a member of the Advisory Board of Asia Art Archive, and guest curator of the 2011 Jakarta Biennale. She teaches courses on art criticism, curatorship, and visual literacy, and was a 2009 fellow of the USA National Endowment for the Arts International Arts Journalism Institute in the Visual Arts. Her writing has appeared in Forum on Contemporary Art and Society, n.paradoxa: international feminist art journal, C-Arts: Asian Contemporary Art and Culture, Metropolis M: Magazine on Contemporary Art, Pananaw: Philippine Journal of Visual Arts, and Ctrl+P: Journal of Contemporary Art, among others.
Josephine is an interdisciplinary installation artist who incorporates video, sculpture, performance and sound into her artworks. She received her MFA in New Media from Transart Institute at Universität Krems in Austria in 2009. Her works take a visceral approach to the politics of violence focusing on the dynamics of infliction, trauma, depicting traces and spaces, a place where empathy translates into healing. Her videos and sculptural installation works have been shown at the Santorini Biennale, Greece, 2012; The Pier-2 Art Center, Kaohsiung, Taiwan, 2012; La Cinematheque Francaise, Paris, France 2012; Werkstatt der Kulturen, Berlin, Germany, 2012; École des Beaux-Arts, Paris, France, 2012; The Yuchengco Museum, Manila, 2011; South Hill Park, Bracknel, UK, 2011; KIT Kunst-im-Tunnel, Düsseldorf, Germany, 2011; The 12th Cairo Biennale, Egypt, 2010; Malta Contemporary Art Center, 2009 and the Lopez Museum, Manila, Philippines in 2013, 2007 and in 1992.
Gari Apolonio is a cultural worker with over six years of art management/museum work in the areas of museum education, exhibition, collections management and administration. Some of the notable civic and art projects he handled include: the Escuela Taller Lecture Series, a series of lectures on life skills for the students of Escuela Taller, Touch the Artist's Vision Program, a museum program for the visually-impaired visitors of the Met Museum, and Touching the Sunlight, an arts workshop and exhibition project for children with special needs. He has also handled numerous art exhibits, local and international, as well as travelling art shows. Some of the more prominent exhibits he handled include Suite Vollard: Pablo Picasso 1930-1937, Japan: Kingdom of Characters, and the retrospective exhibits on Juan Senson and National Artists Fernando Amorsolo and Vicente Manansala. He has curated exhibitions and also teaches art and design. He holds two degrees, BA Philosophy and BFA in Art History, both from the University of the Philippines, Diliman.
Mary Ann Josette Pernia
Mary Ann Josette E. Pernia finished her Art Studies at UP Diliman. She teaches at UP-Manila, and has served as an Education Officer at the Metropolitan Museum of Manila, Special Projects and Education Consultant at the Lopez Museum and is presently managing public programs for the DLS-CSB SDA
Museum of Contemporary Art and Design.