Art Books at the Art Fair

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Left: Veejay Villafranca signing off the final run for his first book SIGNOS in Verona, Italy.
Right: Jake Verzosa working on The Last Tattooed Women of Kalinga in Göttingen, Germany.
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Art Books at the Art Fair is hosting three book signing events with photographers whose works push the boundaries of publishing in the Philippines. We take a look at the publications of past Grid contributors: Veejay Villafranca, Jake Versoza, Joseph Pascual, and Cru Camara.

Apart from the book signings, is featuring its collection of books on Philippine art and culture during Art Fair Philippines from March 1 to 4, 2018.

Visit their booth on the 5th level of The Link, Ayala Center, Makati.


For inquiries, please email or call (632) 632-7683.

March 1, 4–5 pm
Book Signing
By Veejay Villafranca
Published by Mapa Books (2017)

The first publication by Filipino award-winning photographer Veejay Villafranca, Signos is about the lives of the people displaced by extreme weather occurrences in the Philippines. As typhoons get stronger, water levels rise and farmlands dry out, the country is faced with the reality of climate change. Signos illustrates these different environmental scenarios, further complicated by humanitarian issues such as inadequate relocation, livelihood security and human trafficking.

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Veejay Villafranca signing off the final run for his first book SIGNOS in Verona, Italy.
Images courtesy of MAPA Books

March 2, 4–5 pm
Book Signing
The Last Tattooed Women of Kalinga
By Jake Verzosa
Published by Steidl (2017)

First published in 2014, Jake Verzosa’s The Last Tattooed Women of Kalinga is a collection of portraits of Kalinga women with their tribal tattoos. For at least a thousand years, tribal tattooing existed in the Kalinga region as a mark of beauty and wealth, and as a badge of honor and bravery. Every pattern etched on their bodies was symbolic and meaningful and expressed the different stages of life and death. They believed these tattoos were talismans that gave their body powers of strength and invulnerability.

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Jake Verzosa printing The Last Tattooed Women of Kalinga at Steidl in Germany.
Images courtesy of Jake Verzosa

March 3, 4–5 pm
Book Signing
By Tommy Hafalla
Published by Mapa Books (2016)

For over three decades, Tommy Hafalla has been documenting the life and rituals of the ethnolinguistic groups of the Philippine Cordillera. These are presented in his first book, Ili, wherein the images operate not only on a visual level but also in other ways of telling history. Translated literally as ‘home village’, ‘Ili‘ is a word widely used to refer to one’s place of origin. In the Philippine’s long struggle for cultural identity, Hafalla’s photographs document the indigenous responding to modernity and how tradition is alive, creative, adapting, and constantly shifting.

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March 3, 7–10 pm
Book Signing
Zines of Production
Published by Hardworking, Goodlooking (2017)

Zine of Production (ZOP) is a collection of lathalas, a communally produced, low- fidelity publication, halfway between a zine and an artists’ book, by 10 Manila-based artists. Printed as an experiment in how to build more generous relationships between printer, publisher, and artist, ZOP includes the works of Alfred Marasigan, Charles Salazar, Cru Camara, Czar Kristoff, Edreec Sanglap, Kevin Kunishi, Jem Magbanua, Joseph Pascual, Mac Andre Arboleda, and Tammy David. Hardworking, Goodlooking will also host HOHOLTECHA, a book pirating party alongside the signing.

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Images courtesy of Zines of Production

Art Fair Talks / Focus on Photography

This year, Art Fair Philippines will host a series of talks focused on photography as part of their efforts to shine a spotlight on its place in contemporary art. The talks will be held on Sunday, March 4 and are located at the Art Fair Talks Tent, Roof Deck, The Link, Makati.

A Tragic Love Story in Life and Art: Preserving The History of Photojournalism (A Presentation From The International Center of Photography And a Conversation with Raffy Lerma and Ezra Acayan)

Discussion on Contemporary Philippine Photography with Curator Angel Velasco Shaw and Neil Oshima, RJ Fernandez, Jes Aznar, Carlo Gabuco, Marta Lovina and Veejay Villafranca

Discussion on Contemporary Philippine Photography with Curator Angel Velasco Shaw and Kat Palasi, Nana Buxani, Alex Baluyut, Boy Yñiguez, Kawayan de Guia and Paco Guerrero


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