Elmer Borlongan, Emmanuel Garibay, Mark Justiniani

Three renowned artists, each with a distinct aesthetic of expressive figuration rooted in a social realist tradition, come together in a reunion of sorts for this year’s art fair. They often collaborated in their youth on large works for artist collectives with an activist cause, such as Salingpusa, during the political turbulence of 1980s. The three went on to establish stellar solo careers.

For Art Fair Philippines 2017, CANVAS–The Center for Art, New Ventures and Sustainable Development–has brought the three artists together once again in a collaborative process to revisit and reflect on the past, present and future of the nation. The resulting work is a magnificent mural that is a fitting tribute to their past association in an artistic tradition they had in common, now reshaped and updated as a commentary on the country’s current political climate.