Alfredo and Maria Isabel Aquilizan

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Collaboration and collection, community and family, re-location and temporary homes, memory and identity are all processes and things that feature in the work of husband and wife team, Alfredo and Isabel Aquilizan. First, the process of collecting the personal items and objects necessitates a collaborative framework. The collaboration between the communities and the Aquilizans provides a platform for dialogue and an exchange of ideas and as a result, new understandings and relationships develop. Secondly, these used items and objects, with their cumulative histories and personal, physical contact with the individual users, seem to embody the experiences and lives of the people. When presented in vast numbers in the artists’ installations, an overwhelming sense of shared and varied lived human experiences are communicated. The Aquilizans are therefore engaged in a process of collecting and presentation that is informed by what they observe outside and inside their own lived experiences, in particular , they focused on conveying the complexity of emotions associated with social dislocation, which emanate from necessity or a need for change.

[Source: Universes to Universe]

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PROJECT ANOTHER COUNTRY: ADDRESS, 2008, 140 stacked cubes of personal belongings, at the 2008 Adelaide Biennale of Australian Art. Courtesy Drawing Room, Manila.

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BE-LONGING: IN TRANSIT (2007), personal affects, boxes, Sampaguita scent (Jasmine). Installation view: Jan Manton Art Gallery, Brisbane.

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ADDRESS, PHILIPPINES / AUSTRALIA (2008). Installation, Domestic objects Dimensions variable.

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DREAM BLANKET PROJECT (2003), found blankets, sound, metal shelves, speakers. Installation view: Echigo Tsumari Triennale, Niigata, Japan.

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DREAM BLANKET PROJECT (2002), Dream Blanket Project (2002), found blankets, sound, metal shelves, speakers. Installation view: Busan Biennial of Contemporary Art, Korea.

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DREAM BLANKET PROJECT (2008), found blankets, sound, metal shelves, speakers. Installation view: Logan Art Gallery.

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