Oct 2008
Art & Inspiration, news
Beach Art: Summary Post

From September 29-October 5, 2008, the Bagasbas Beach in Daet, Camarines Norte became the converging point for artists from the Philippines, the US, China and Japan for the 2nd Bagasbas Beach International Eco-Art Festival (BBIEAF). Hosted by artist Joaquin Palencia and sponsored by Our Lady of Lourdes College Foundation (OLLCF) and the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), this unique art fest explores the issues of sustainability through the artists’ various massive art installations.
But there is more to BBIEAF than just, well, art. The festival called for more than just input from the artists themselves but a deep collaboration with the local communities surrounding the area. Artists had to go through a period of immersion, adopting communities and through a mutual process of learning, create art that is forward-looking but rooted in the vernacular language of the people.
In our recent posts, we showed interviews with artists such as Ashley Thorner (US), Toshi Yamafuji (Japan), Claro Ramirez (Phil) and Kawayan de Guia (Phil). This time, to conclude the event, we are posting these artists’ remarkable installations.
The BBIEAF may only be in its second round, but already it has deeply touched everyone involved in the project and even those who witnessed its unfolding. During one of our numerous conversations with host Joaquin Palencia, he has made clear his intent to produce art that isn’t removed from people’s experiences, rather art that is relevant, celebratory, moves and challenges us to make life a little better. And the BBIEAF definitely makes for a good start.
(Photos by Edward Pangilinan and Dr. Raul Palencia)

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