The British Council was founded in the Philippines in 1978 with the goal of developing rapport with Filipino students, policymakers, researchers, educators, entrepreneur, and creatives. Along with this mission, their vision is aimed towards creating “a friendly knowledge and understanding between the people of the UK and other countries.”

In an effort to support Filipino culture and establish an understanding of Filipino contemporary art practices, it [the British Council] has opened an exhibition entitled, “Motions fo the Kind: Propositions and Problems of Belatedness”, which will feature our local artists and curators.

Motions of this Kind explores the ebb and flow of images, the surge and sweep of concepts and bodies alike. A title taken from Sir Isaac Newton’s Principia, the expression considers the literal rise and fall of tides as much as the metaphorical fluctuation of ideas. The project explores the historical and contemporary forces linking this archipelago with other key global spheres of social, political, and economic power.

This has been the first exhibition in the UK that features contemporary Philippine artists. Filipinos Merv Espina and Rena Laru-an are two of the three curators of Motion of this Kind. Merv Espina, an artist and researcher is known for “his practice involves moving images, sound, performance, and text, to play with the lapses of cultural institutions, mistakes of current historiography, and the problematics of archives.” Rena Laru-an, on the other hand, is one of the curators of the Singapore Biennale 2019: Every Step on the Right Direction.

Renowned for art forms in “video, photography, sculpture, performance, text, and painting, taking myriad forms and critical strategies in order to research and explore associations, frictions, and refractions among seemingly divergent systems”, Yason Banal will be one of the artists to take part in the exhibit. He graduated from the University of the Philippines with a degree in BA Film and took up his MFA in Fine Art at the London Metropolitan University and Tokyo National University of Fine Arts.

Other artists include Jon Cuyson, Cian Dayrit, Lizza May David/Gabriel Rossell Santillan, Michelle Dizon, Eisa Jocson, Amy Lien & Enzo Camacho, Kat Medina, and Mark Salvatus.

Exhibition Information

Date: 12 April – 22 June 2019

Opening times: Tuesday – Saturday, 10.30 – 17.00 (Thursday late night until 20.00)

Closed Sundays and Mondays

Venue: Brunei Gallery, SOAS, Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London, WC1H 0XG

Email: gallery@soas.ac.uk / info@motk.org.uk

Free Admission; The Brunei Gallery building is fully accessible.