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Box 26 - Donna Miranda. Fire damage. Courtesy of Green Papaya Art Projects.

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March 5, 2021

How to Survive Life and Its Disasters

Hosted by grunt gallery

This conversation will draw from artist’s materials that survived a fire in 2020, at Green Papaya Art Projects, the longest running artist-run space in Quezon City, Philippines. Under lockdown and midway through a major archive project, the fire took a drastic toll on the activities of the group, which has been active in the community for over 20 years. In the spirit of sharing knowledge and appreciation for the care and safeguarding of independent archives, the Recollective team, based in Vancouver, British Columbia, connected through shared community and resources to support the digitization of the Green Papaya tapes, and to help bring the small collection of archival materials that survived the fire to new communities.

The Green Papaya Art Projects archive holds works by decades of artists who have been connected to the centre. This talk will highlight elements of the video tape collection, show excerpts of performance tapes by two artists: Donna Miranda, a co-founder of Green Papaya Art Projects, and Lena Cobangbang, an artist, community organizer, documentarian, and conduit of community knowledge. Cobangbang and Miranda, both based in the Philippines, will be joined by artist Lesley-Anne Cao, representing Green Papaya Art Projects archive, and Allison Collins, representing Recollective as the organizer of the event. 

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This talk will be held in English, via Zoom with captioning, and will be recorded as documentation for inclusion on the Recollective website where a commissioned response by Christian Vistan will also be launched at a later date.


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