Passage: Project Another Country

ArtistIsabel and Alfredo AQUILIZAN
Material/ Techniqueboat, cardbord, steel frame, etc.
Size/ Durationdimensions variable
Copyright Notice© Isabel and Alfredo AQUILIZAN
Year of acquisition/ donation2015(作品購入年月日:2015/3/31)
DescriptionMaria Isabel GAUDINEZ-AQUILIZAN: Born in Manila, Philippines in 1965. Lives and works in Brisbane, Australia.
Alfredo Juan AQUILIZAN: Born in Ballesteros, Cagayan, Philippines in 1962. Lives and works in Brisbane.

Isabel and Alfredo Aquilizan have participated in many international exhibitions including the 3rd Asia-Pacific Biennale (1999), the 5th Guangzhou Biennale (2004) and the 2nd Singapore Biennale (2008), and have been involved in numerous projects in Japan and other Asian countries. They incorporate the process and results of interaction with local communities into their work, which examines the history of the land while giving careful regard to people’s lifestyles and wishes, transforming small narratives with roots in local communities into universal themes.

"Passage: Project Another Country" was presented as part of the project “Another Country,” on the theme of ‘home’ he artists began after moving from the Philippines where they were born to Brisbane in 2006. It seeks to give visual expression to the often forgotten memories of people who live in a world in which circumstances change rapidly as a result of globalization based on a broad view – gained from commuting among different cultures – of the nation-state in Asia, the crossing of borders, and adaptation. The boats hint at the history of a certain small village that was flooded by a lake formed by a dam, while the ‘houses’ made of cardboard (representing the flow of production-consumption) symbolize both our contemporary society with its prioritizing of economic efficiency and the lifestyles of the people who lived in the houses that ended up at the bottom of the lake.