I am two-thirds the way through my residency that is hosted by 98B, an artist run space in Escolta, Manila. The residency is made possible by Asialink and the Department of Culture and the Arts Western Australia. Here is a snapshot of the neighborhood where my studio is based and its daily going-ons.
Escolta is an interesting area where the oldest Chinatown on the globe is located alongside Manila’s Muslim quarter. Nestled amongst it all is the Quiapo catholic church and street markets, typical in any Asian city.
If you take the time and the have the courage of adventure, Manila is a city with many different layers to be peeled back and be discovered. For me, it was a good place to be based for my three-month long residency and research ideas around Filipino post-colonial identity in contemporary art along with learning traditional rattan furniture making techniques .