First look: ALT Philippines

ALT Philippines presents an expansive and experiential new show, featuring live performances, large scale installations, culture conversations, and over 200 contemporary artists represented by nine galleries.

ALT Philippines recently opened its doors to the press, collectors, and VIPs, showcasing the curated presentations of nine galleries representing over 200 artists. 

Taking pride in their careful selection and curation of artwork, installations, performances, and cultural conversations, ALT Philippines presented an elevated viewing experience that, as many visitors remarked yesterday, gives due respect to the appropriate and necessary space needed to appreciate art.

“We recognize that art is incredibly powerful. It can move, astonish, connect, challenge, enlighten and promote dialogue. Through ALT we strengthen our commitment to support society through the benefits of the arts,” writes ALT Philippines. 

Raffy Napay’s “Malayang Pagtubo” (top) and “Conversation” (bottom) demonstrate the intricate craftsmanship needed to transform threadwork and beadwork into a visual spectacle.
Isabel Santos’ ‘It Sprouts Naturally, Painfully’ pops in color and style.
It’s hard to miss Nicole Tee’s eye-catching pink canvases.

In selecting works for the show, the nine participating galleries at ALT—Artinformal, Blanc, The Drawing Room, Galleria Duemila, Finale Art File, MO_Space, Underground, Vinyl on Vinyl, and West Gallery—were guided by ALT’s aim “to present the collective and individual stories of our time through [art] by providing platforms for continued creative expression and collaboration.”

Imposing installations and special exhibits also take the spotlight at ALT, diversifying the viewing experience from canvas to spectacular forms. One cannot miss out on Oca Villamiel’s ‘Water is Life,’ a 7m x 7m installation of countless foil strips that’s more than reminiscent of undulating liquid; it is also an interrogation of how we treat bodies of water. 

Oca Villamiel’s ‘Water is Life’ takes center stage at ALT Philippines.

ALT Philippines also collaborated with UNIVERS and Moreau Paris to present six Moreau Paris Saint Tropez totes transformed into works of art by six contemporary Filipino artists: Costantino Zicarelli, Jigger Cruz, Johanna Helmuth, Luis Antonio Santos, Raffy Napay, and Yeo Kaa. The bags will be auctioned off, and proceeds will go to Action for the Care and Development of the Poor in the Philippines, Inc. (ACAP), a non-profit organization that helps street children pursue education through art programs. 

Raffy Napay’s redesigned Moreau tote. Photo from Facebook/ALT Philippines.
The Jellyfish Memory Bank engages not only one’s eyes—it’s a full-on sensory experience.
Expect imposing spectacles like Isabel Santos’ “Flourish” at ALT.
Collage work and similar styles abound at ALT. Seen above is Roberto Chabet’s “Baths” and “Chronology (New Year’s Eve)”

ALT Philippines is open for public viewing from February 23 to 25, 2024 at Hall 4, SMX Mall of Asia Complex. Get your tickets at or at any SM Ticket outlet near you. For more updates and information, visit ALT Philippines’ Facebook page, Instagram account, or official website.

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