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Homecoming/Eventually

The UP Vargas Museum, in partnership with Gallery VER, Silverlens, Angsuvarnsiri, and Kelvin Design, presents Homecoming/Eventually, an exhibition by Nontawat Numbenchapol and Ryan Villamael, curated by Loredana Pazzini-Paracciani. The exhibit will open virtually on 27 April 2021, Tuesday, at 6 PM.

At this time of heightened national specificity, while we are compelled to reconsider the meaning of home and belonging, the exhibition Homecoming/Eventually functions as a proposition to engage, through visual art, with the contention of homecoming particularly from the geographic perspective of Southeast Asia to which a wave of ‘homecomings’ has returned millions of overseas nationals. Incidental to its interpretation as a celebratory event of returning from abroad, homecoming connotes not only physical movement but also the conceptual trajectory towards the place of origin, which is held as the return destination, culturally and emotionally. Considered within the geography and topography of memory, Homecoming/Eventually questions the meaning of home as a locality and its social relevance in relation to its return. What is home? Where is home? Is it a real or imagined place?

To address these inquiries into Southeast Asian trajectories, Homecoming/Eventually presents new and ongoing works by two art practitioners from Thailand and the Philippines, Nontawat Numbenchapol and Ryan Villamael. Through mixed media, video works, and photography installations, the artists investigate the significance of home and return, engaging with the physicality of the ‘terrain’ as subjective locality of belonging.

The exhibition Homecoming/Eventually will be on view virtually at the Vargas Museum’s social media channels and by appointment at the Vargas Museum until 4 June 2021. To request more information, please send an email to vargasmuseum@up.edu.ph, message the UP Vargas Museum on Facebook via https://fb.me/vargasmuseum.upd, or on Instagram or Twitter via @upvargasmuseum. You may also check our website at https://vargasmuseum.wordpress.com.

Time & Location

27 April to 4 June 2021

Roxas Ave., University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City