Nonon Padilla and Judy Freya Sibayan
Curator, artist and critic Ray Albano began working at the Cultural Center of the Philippines Art Museum in 1970 and was museum director until his demise in 1985. Mr. Nonon Padilla taking over the directorship in 1986 developed a ten-year plan continuing Albano’s work and in his honor renamed the CCP Museum to Contemporary Art Museum of the Philippines (CAMP). Sibayan worked with Albano from 1976 to 1977 and in 1987 was appointed director of CAMP when Padilla was transferred to head the CCP theater department that year. Both artists were awarded the CCP 13 Artist Grant during Albano’s time and took part in exhibitions he curated. The three were friends with Albano collaborating with Sibayan and the late Huge Bartolome on their early performance art works in the mid 70s. Padilla and Sibayan consider Albano a key influence in their art. They will talk on Albano’s short but prolific and remarkable life of art making.
Awarded the Natatanging Gawad Buhay Lifetime Achievement Award from the Philippine Legitimate Stage Artists Group in 2013, theater director and artist Mr. Nonon Padilla started work with the Philippine Educational Theater Association (PETA) in 1972 when he was artistic director of the Kalinangan Ensemble. He is founding director of Tanghalang Pilipino, the resident theater company of the Cultural Center of the Philippines in 1987, which he headed for sixteen years. He started the Actors’ Company in 2013.
Ms. Judy Freya Sibayan has exhibited in major museums such as PS1MoMA, Hayward Gallery, Vienna Secession, Mori Art Museum, and the Times Museum and has been the Museum of Mental Objects since 2002, a parodic performance for life. She has participated in the 2002 Gwangju Biennale and the 1986 Asian Art Biennale Bangladesh. She is co-founding editor and publisher of the online Ctrl+P Journal of Contemporary Art and is the author of The Hypertext HerMe(s), her autobiography published by KT Press in 2014 with a grant from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.