See you guys here this Friday.
“Phoenix: a beautiful mythical creature which rises from the ashes of destruction”
From the ash and charcoal of Manila’s most impoverished dumpsite slums rises a striking exhibition by Kaff-eine, with friends Geloy Concepcion and Geric Cruz, featuring collaborations between Kaff-eine and Manila’s garbage-pickers and charcoal-makers.
Kaff-eine combines her realist watercolour and charcoal portraits with the images and stories made on-site by the creative, resilient garbage-pickers and charcoal-makers from Baseco Compound and the Aroma Happyland slum. The collaborations were created with the charcoal made in these slums. These paintings are accompanied by Geric and Geloy’s photography from the area, and the Australian launch of the Phoenix documentary, which follows the intimate art-making process in the slums.
Baseco Compound and Happyland are often described as dirty, dangerous, crime-ridden, violent and ‘godforsaken’, attracting little interest, empathy, or investment to make changes to the communities’ appalling circumstances. Phoenix invites audiences to step inside these confronting environments and recognise the nuance, pride and strength of the communities living in Manila’s literal wastelands.
Proceeds from the sale of collaborative artworks will be donated to established non-government organisations that directly support the communities in Aroma and Baseco.
James Makin Gallery and Kaff-eine are proud to welcome you to the opening of Phoenix from 6-9pm Friday 6 November, to celebrate the first collection of works rising from this unique, unlikely international creative team.
Where: James Makin Gallery, 67 Cambridge Street Collingwood, Vic 3066
When: This Friday 6th of November from 6-9pm.
Facebook event here