Invitation to Phoenix exhibition 6-15 November 2015

Hello hello!

You are invited to my upcoming exhibition, Phoenix, which opens on 6 November 2015 at James Makin Gallery

'Uling' by Kaff-eine, Baseco and Happyland residents

                 Detail, ‘Uling’ by Kaff-eine, Baseco and Happyland residents

It’s been a crazy year full of wonderful experiences and challenges: a visit to two of Manila’s most impoverished slums, Baseco Compound and Aroma, Happyland; meeting and collaborating with the exceptional communities who live there; working with talented new friends to create the Phoenix exhibition; and months of studio lockdown in Melbourne, when I turned the charcoal drawings made by the Baseco and Aroma residents into Phoenix showpieces. After months in almost complete isolation, I am proud to show you the results, and I’m looking forward to celebrating with you at the opening of the Phoenix exhibition, 6-9pm Friday 6 November at James Makin Gallery, Collingwood!

Baseco charcoal-pit

                                             Making charcoal in Baseco 

The Phoenix exhibition features:

  • 10 collaborative paintings made by the Baseco and Aroma/Happyland residents, and Kaff-eine, using charcoal made in Baseco, compressed charcoal and watercolour;
  • 3 watercolour and charcoal paintings by Kaff-eine;
  • 2 collaborative watercolour and charcoal paintings by Kaff-eine and Geloy Concepcion;
  • 6 limited edition photographs by Geloy Concepcion showcasing Manila’s charismatic street life;
  • 6 limited edition photographs by Geric Cruz, which are a requiem for the original charcoal-making community ‘Ulingan’;
  • The global launch of the Phoenix mini-documentary, by Geloy, Geric and Marti Salva.
Invincible by Kaff-eine, Baseco and Happyland residents

             Detail, ‘Invincible’ by Kaff-eine, Baseco and Happyland residents

Detail, 'Party', photo by Geloy Concepcion.

Detail, ‘Party’, photo by Geloy Concepcion

Introducing Geloy and Geric

I am very excited to announce that my two major collaborators Geloy and Geric, who accompanied me into Baseco and Aroma as photographers and film-makers (and also my friends, guides, translators, negotiators and security!) are coming to Australia for the Phoenix exhibition! This will be their first visit to the country, and I am stoked that they will experience the fun of the launch, and see first-hand the entire exhibition. I am grateful for their friendship, talent, skill and genuine love for the Baseco and Aroma communities; I could not have made Phoenix without them, and I could not be happier to have us all together again for the launch.

Thank you for your support during 2015; I look forward to seeing you at the Phoenix exhibition.

Phoenix exhibition
James Makin Gallery
67 Cambridge St, Collingwood VIC 3066
Opening 6pm Friday 6 November
Exhibition runs 6-15 November
For sales enquiries contact James Makin Gallery:
T: +613 9416 3966 E: info@jamesmakingallery.com

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2 responses to “Invitation to Phoenix exhibition 6-15 November 2015

  • Mark Berthold

    I saw from article in the Guardian yesterday that you will be returning to Manila in 2016? Do you know when that will be? I will be there probably Feb-June and would like to drop by I am an amateur photographer and song writer based in Sydney. Also an arts/law graduate who has transcended all that lol.

    • Kaff-eine

      Hi Mark, we’ll be visiting a couple of times during 2016; sign up to our cheeseagle newsletter (www.cheeseagle.com) which will have updates about when we’re visiting; if we have some free time when we’re over there towards the middle of the year, let’s catch up. Cheers, Kaff

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