Philippines | Co-curated by Laya Boquiren

October  – December, 2015

Introduction By The Curator

Field Trip Project Asia is a multi-site artistic intervention that provokes questions on environmental sustainability, disaster in heritage sites, and the creative strategies for place-making to respond to these challenges. Using the Japanese backpack as trope, the project bridges artists with publics, involving them as participants in this artistic intervention. Wearing the Japanese backpacks, the project explores the concept of going on a field trip — a physical experience of the place to inspire proactive citizenship in disaster mitigation.

Curator’s Biography

Laya Boquiren has straddled various curatorial typologies in the Philippines – independent practice, commercial gallery, and state-run cultural institution. Boquiren started her career as curatorial consultant for Gallery Genesis. Boquiren has also served as curatorial consultant for the forthcoming Museo de Intramuros. In 2015, under a grant from Japan Foundation, she became part of the international traveling exhibition called “Field Trip Project Asia” as a co-curator. Boquiren is a PhD candidate, with a Master of Arts in Art History from the University of the Philippines Diliman. She was part of the 10,000 Women Initiative and attended programs at the Institute of Media and Entertainment in New York and Keio University in Japan. She currently teaches Art History and Theory courses for Humanities students as a faculty member of the Arts Department at the University of Asia and the Pacific. Boquiren has  written for Art Map Hong Kong, CCP Encyclopedia of the Arts, Social Science Diliman, and Philippine Studies Historical and Ethnographic Viewpoints. She is a member of the Société Internationale d´Ethnologie et de Folklore and a 2017 Kritika Fellow. Boquiren has authored three books under Vibal Publications and a book on Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice awardee Willy Tadeo Layug.


Kinds of Relief: on Field Trip Project Asia’s take on the randoseru as relief carrier
text by Jojo Soria de Veyra, interview and principal photography by Miguel Antonio Roxas de Veyra

Newly Joined Artists

Exhibitions And Activities

Contributions by locals

Tacloban City, a short contribution by Maria Julie Anne T. Culibar


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