The Mamusa Gallery brings to a show the Green Papaya Art Projects’ exhibition series Serial Killers with Island Paradise; hence, the exhibit title: SERIAL KILLERS: ISLANDS PARADISE.
Curated by PAPAYA xLAB, it will open on November 23, 2022 (Wednesday), 6:00 P.M.
Green Papaya Art Projects’ exhibition series Serial Killers — a program that started in 2008, in Papaya’s Kamuning space in Quezon City — resumes with “Islands Paradise”, its latest edition featuring a selection of artists from the neighboring islands of Panay and Negros, both in Western Visayas.
Serial Killers is a response to parallel notions of seriality, non-seriality, or counter-seriality. Seriality as conceptual strategy, considered by critics as a postmodern aesthetic, attempts to find resonance in the works of artists in their seemingly endless bodies of work, blurring randomness and/or predetermination in their repetitiousness. Repetition and seriality have been recurring modes of artistic production for some of the most prolific contemporary artists.
Famous Italian author and semiotics scholar Umberto Eco believes that, today, there is in operation a sense of aesthetic repetition involving a radical conception of seriality — one that “wholly escapes the ‘modern’ idea of literature and art.”
In 2010, the exhibition series went off-site when it became part of Papaya’s participation in “No Soul for Sale: Festival of the Independents” at the Turbine Hall, Tate Modern, London. Other editions of Serial Killers were mounted in the Singapore and Kuala Lumpur spaces of TAKSU Gallery between 2010 and 2011.
The resumption of Serial Killers in 2022 is in cooperation with Mamusa Art Gallery and curated by Papaya xLAB, a nomadic social experiment laboratory of Green Papaya Art Projects, which is holding an outpost in Roxas City to manage a series of exhibitions and projects in Panay Island.
“Serial Killers: Islands Paradise” explores the broad ecology of art in Iloilo, and presents exhibition-making as one of Green Papaya’s core programs.
The show will feature the works of Nuklar Alvarado, Mariano Batocabe*, Karina Broce, Margaux Blas, Olive Gloria, Apid Ramie, Jiloca, Erika Mayo, Mark Omega x Spaaawn, Mariah Reodica*, Touki Roldan, and Norberto Roldan.
*Mariano Batocabe and Mariah Reodica are the only Manila-based artists who did residencies in both islands in 2019, at Damgo in Silay, Negros Occidental, and at Elmo’s House in Batan, Aklan.
Serial Killers: Islands Paradise will run until December 25, 2022.