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Alwin Reamillo


Alwin Reamillo began his art practice as a visual arts teacher at the Philippine High School for the Arts. Interested in the exploration of creative play, improvisation and collaborative group work (creative bayanihan) through workshops, he has initiated collaborative projects that intersect between experimental mixed media painting, sculpture, installation, shadow puppetry, video and performance. After migrating to Australia in 1995, he pursued interest in exploring ideas about memory, mobility, cross-cultural dialogue /exchange, community collaboration and the experience of moving back and forth between cultures, examining how these interactions can change ways of thinking. Through immersive exploration of intertwined themes of colonisation, migration and globalisation of culture, Reamillo has collaborated with community groups through mobile workshops across regional Australia and overseas, creating a number of participatory ‘social sculptures’ in the form of ‘vehicles/ vessels/-crafts’, in response to local contexts and histories. Recent projects often developed through a participatory process of ‘hunting and gathering’, which the artist re-translates as ‘hunting’ for found and sought materials/resources and a ‘gathering’ of people.

Reamillo has presented work in Australia and in the Philippines and has participated in national and international exhibitions, collaboration projects and artists residencies, including Un Aquaria Tadpola, (collaborative video art project with Sipat Lawin Projects 20/20), Wuwei Performance Series # 7, Singapore, 2020; Linea Divisoria: Alwin Reamillo, Your Mother Gallery, Singapore, 2020; Polyphony: Southeast Asia, Art Museum of Nanjing University of the Arts, 2019 ; Pian O Fort E: Alwin Reamillo, Altro Mondo Creative Space , Manila, 2019; Concept, Context, Contestation: Art and the Collective in South East Asia and touring, The Secretariat, Yangon (2019), Cemeti Art House, Yogyakarta (2016), Bangkok Art and Culture Centre (2013); Two Houses: Politics and Histories in the Contemporary Art Collections of John Chia and Yeap Lam, Institute of Contemporary Art Singapore, 2018; Bayanihan Hopping Spirit House, Ayala Museum, 2018; Manila Biennale/ Open City 2018, Intramuros, Manila; Alegori: Malay Manuscripts and Contemporary Art Expressions, Galeri Petronas Kuala Lumpur; Allegoria 1: The Art Piece as a Closed Text series, Altro Mondo Arte Contemporanea, Makati City; Encounter: SEA+ Triennale 2016, Galeri Nasional Indonesia; Artist Making Movement: Asian Art Biennial 2015, National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts; Wasak! Filipino Art Today, Arndt Berlin; Sculpture by the Sea Bondi 2015, Sydney; Bankstown: Live / Sydney Festival 2015; trans_2012-2013 at Akiyoshidai International Art Village, Japan; 3R Artcamp/ Trobada Internacional d’Artistes Ordino, UNESCO Andorra; 2011 Hong Kong ArtWalk: AngBalutViand, Tin-aw Art Gallery, Manila; Beyond the Self: Contemporary Portraiture from Asia, National Portrait Gallery, Canberra; Extraordinary Stories, Western Australian Museum (2011); Zukunftmusik/ Music for the Future (in collaboration with Alan Hilario + Ian Victoriano ), Leonberg, Germany; Thuringowa Helicopter Project  (2007-2010)@ The Substation, Melbourne + Stokes Hill Wharf/ Festival of Darwin (2010), Making it New: Contemporary Art in Australia, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney (2009), Pinnacles Art Gallery, Queensland (2007); plAAy/ Contemporary Asian Artist Residency Programme, Blackburn Museum and Art Gallery, UK; Thrice Upon a Time: A Century of Story in the  Art in the Philippines, Singapore Art Museum (2009);  4X4: Hong Kong International Artists Workshop (2008); Mang Emo+ Mag-himo Grand Piano Project, Galleria Duemila + Cultural Center of the Philippines and the Fremantle Arts Centre, Western Australia (2007).Third Fukuoka Asian Art Triennale 2005 + Art and Exchange Program, Fukuoka Asian Art Museum; The South Project, Manukau School of Visual Arts, Auckland (2005); 2003 National Sculpture Prize & Exhibition (in collaboration with Roselin Eaton), National Gallery of Australia, Canberra; Jandamarra Crossing Project @ the 2004 Perth International Art Festival.

Reamillo was a recipient of the Western Australia Mid-Career Fellowship 2009; the Freeman Foundation for Asian Artist Fellowship, Vermont Studio Center, USA 1996 and the 1994 Thirteen Artists Awards, Cultural Center of the Philippines.

He currently divides time between Manila and Perth.

 

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