Interview: Allanrey ‘Migz’ Salazar & Joe Datuin

Interview: Allanrey ‘Migz’ Salazar & Joe DatuinImage courtesy of Allanrey ‘Migz’ Salazar & Joe Datuin

Interview: Allanrey ‘Migz’ Salazar & Joe Datuin

 

Luca Curci talks with the artists Allanrey ‘Migz’ Salazar & Joe Datuin during RITUALS of ANIMA MUNDI festival 2017 in VENICE.

Allanrey ‘Migz’ Salazar is a Filipino contemporary artist. His work links hard and soft, clean and dirty…it captures the plight of the individual-struggle, faith, ecstasy and the frailty of humankind. There’s nothing about the images of his works that is harmoniously beautiful by any conventional standards. Salazar wanted the viewer to stock with the image; resonant image that will not deliver its real physical meaning, it is against narrative and probably against interpretations; it’s pure allegory and metaphor.

After moving to Germany and Paris from Manila more than a decade ago, Allanrey ‘Migz’ Salazar is among the few Filipino contemporary artist who live their passion for art in Paris. His recent works are a radical departure from abstract to cataclysmic biblical iconography with secular socio-religious and political narrative, a visual satire in his creative piece. His works elucidate current socio-political concerns dealing with matters of human condition, revealing plight of individuals — struggle, faith, ecstasy and doom in mankind.

 

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Luca Curci – What is the message linked to the artwork you have shown in this exhibition? How is it connected to the theme of RITUALS – ANIMA MUNDI FESTIVAL?

Salazar & Datuin – In preparing for the Anima Mundi International exhibition we interpret the festival theme of the “world spirit” by drawing from the Filipino culture of rituals. We were inspired by the ritualistic traditions of Filipinos that have been practiced since the pre-colonial times and, as a result, have become ingrained in the society’s culture and tradition. Amazed at how these rituals have helped Filipinos make sense of the world around them, as well as understand the spirit world, we create two and three dimensional artworks that interpret Filipino ritualistic practice. Among works are: “Kababalaghan” (Phenomenon) 2017; “Anting-anting” (Charm) 2017; “Terribilità” 2016 and The Ring (sculpture) 2017. The presence of these works and the participation of both artists in the prestigious art festival in Venice demonstrate how the synergy of two visual artists can make waves in the sea of global art. Through our partnership, we are able to promote local indigenous culture in the international art scene, which in turn, gives the nation another reason to celebrate Filipino creativity. Ultimately, the collaboration proves that Filipino art deserves international recognition because it is world class. The concept of the event is very inspiring for me especially when I could be able to realised and materialized as a contemporary visual artist where our very own FilipinoArt and Culture is promoted as its venue internationally in one of the most prestigious art events in the world.

 

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L. C. – Are your artworks focused on a specific theme?

S. & D – Yes! As a contemporary artist, I tried to screamed-out-loud my artworks into socio-political and religious issues.
Just what Mark Rothko said “There is no such things as good painting about nothing”.

 

L. C. – Did your style change over the years? How?

S. & D – Of course, also history dictates that there must be a progression of things, maturity of works and as well as the fine-tuning of creativity and mastery. I believed that “everything changes by the passage of time”.

 

L. C. – Which are your artistic projects for the future? Are there any possibilities for a new participation in some Italian exhibitions?

S. & D – I am looking forward for the second wave to participate in the 11th Florence Biennale this October. I’m preparing for more international art exhibitions and hoping for other major Biennales in the near future.
Well, I am also invited in Rome, Manila and The Netherlands to showcase my artwork and again the 11th Florence Biennale-still working on it. I really love Italy!

 

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L. C. –  Would you suggest cooperating with us? What do you think about It’s LIQUID Group and our services?

S. & D – Yes, I love working with ITS LIQUID GROUP especially the people that comprises and made this organisation very efficient and results oriented. The group enriches and inspires the experiences that I had for the last three events (The Labyrinth, Element from Shapes to Space and Anima Mundi festival during 57th Venice Biennale) that I’ve been with. Personally, my experience on this group is very overwhelming when it comes to promoting art and artists career in the international stage. This organization is one of the best!

 

L. C. – Do you think that this experience could be useful for artists and can contribute to increase personal background?

S. & D – For me, it is a vehicle that helps to propel artists career in the international art scene.

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