The Cultural Center of the Philippines 

Exhibit duration: 31 May to 12 August 2018
Pasilyo Victorio Edades (4F Hallway Gallery)
Opening reception: 31 May, Thursday, 6pm

Stretched banners is MJ Flamiano's first exhibition in the Philippines. In this exhibition, Flamiano seeks to explore the role of vernacular architecture, identity and social memory through a new installation of banners.


In the context of the Philippines, Neo-vernacular was an architectural ideology in the 1960-70's incorporating indigenous materials, shapes and forms in the design of Modernist buildings. It is famously associated with Leandro V. Locsin’s iconic design of the Tanghalang Pambansa at The Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP).


Filipino architect and scholar, Professor Gerard Lico regards the developments championed during the Marcos era as ‘allegories of progress’. More specifically, methods of illustrating and retaining state power under martial law.


Inspired by Lico’s rich and poetic theses, Flamiano seeks to appropriate the construction of banners to explore the complexities of contemporary identity. 


Michelle Flamiano James (MJ) is a visual artist, curator and community arts worker, currently based in Melbourne (Naarm), Australia.


Her studio practice includes installation, video, poetry, painting and socially-engaged community arts projects. She endeavours to present critical and often playful investigations into site and its cultural significance; exploring the imperatives of continuous decolonisation as a personal and artistic practice.


Her present focus is exploring fragments of Filipinx history through speculation; creating artworks that blur fact and fiction as strategies for contemplating new futures.