Equator Art Projects is delighted to present You Must Change Your Life, a group exhibition by 11 artists from the Philippines. Curator Tony Godfrey asked a number of artists in Philippines, ‘Do you read poetry? Does poetry affect your work directy or indirectly? What do we mean when we call a work of art “poetic”? Do you see poetry as a sister art to painting?’
In the past poetry and painting were seen as the “sister arts”. The Roman writer Horace wrote in his Ars Poetica (c. 10 BC) that “ut pictura poesis” – “as is painting, so is poetry”. For many centuries most painters in Europe or China would have agreed with this. Many would use poetry as their main inspiration: Poussin or Delacroix for example. Many painters themselves wrote poetry: Michelangelo or Turner. In the twentieth century we find several poets (Yeats, Wallace Stevens, Rilke) obsessed with paintings.
Artists: Leslie de Chavez, Mariano Ching, Mark Justiniani, Joy Mallari, Lui Medina, Wawi Navarroza, Elaine Navas, Manuel Ocampo, Gary-Ross Pastrana, Yasmin Sison, Gerardo Tan
Curated by Tony Godfrey
Public lecture: Wednesday, 29 April, 6.30-8 pm
Venue: EQUATOR ART PROJECTS, 47 Malan Road, #01-21 Gillman Barracks, Singapore 109444
When: 29 Apr - 24 May 2015,