Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Reconstruction of Memory Exhibit: Where Art Embraces Photography

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We are at an exceptional epoch, a photographic time wherein the world of art embraces photography as its own—without a shadow of a doubt--as never before. Images are now identified as 'art' and many photographers consider independent space, gallery and the museum as refuge to their work.

This photographic moment is where Michael Vincent Manalo (b. 1986) thrives, a young artist who dabbles in photography, photo-manipulation, and installation. Manalo has established an undeniable poetry through the use of nostalgia. For the artist, "imagined memories of the nostalgic, dreamlike environments, and altered realities" serve as templates for his work.

Galleria Duemila Inc. presents “Reconstruction of Memory” by Michael Vincent Manalo (b. 1986) a young artist who explores new pursuits in photography through photo-manipulation and installation.

Manalo has developed a distinct poetry in employing stock images, photo-manipulating applications, and photography—resulting into compelling narratives that strike a chord in the domain of human emotions, memory, and appropriating nostalgia.

The exhibition will feature his most recent works, all of which depicts a confident balance between austerity and beauty, loss and gain, and time and space.

Below are some samples of his works:

A Moment's Recluse From Society
Manalo once aspired to be a painter but eventually found a niche in employing mass technologies and photo editing applications. His images, for all its technological interventions echoes a Dali-esque approach on surrealism. In his photographs, a rigorous confidence can be found—a certain particularity in manoeuvrings austerity and beauty with balance and harmony.

Portraits of individuals who are facing backwards juxtaposed with post-apocalyptic dreamscapes are recurring themes—an ode to his commitment to approximating the past and what has been earned from loss.

A Reconstruction of A Memory that Once Was

In Order to Bring Peace and also Anarchy

Tales from Lost Autumn Days

The Atrocities of the Silent

The Fisherman
Most of his work relishes the presence of an atmospheric context; Manalo serves this liberally—a vital element that elicits human emotion to his audience. He depicts this through the introduction of meteorological elements—clouds in the verge of a storm, misplaced heavy rains, and fog that is laden with thick mist. All of which often ebbs and flows over his human subjects—eventually rendering them faceless and at times deformed. This alludes to the ever-changing spectrum of human emotions. Ultimately resulting to stunningly realized narratives that tackle our desire to appropriate time, place, and nostalgia.

The Living

The Mortal Boy King

The Non-Living

The Remembrances of the Soul 2

The Second Meeting

Michael Vincent Manalo resides in Malate, Manila. He completed his bachelor’s degree in nursing at South East Asian College. His passion for photography ignited his genesis in the arts. This was followed by art recedencies in various countries. His works has been exhibited in Fellini Gallery, Mittenwalder Strasse; Germany, Gagliardi Gallery; United Kingdom and at The National Parliamentary Library; Georgia.

The exhibition will run from May 18-June 30, 2014 at Galleria Duemila.

For more information, please contact Thess Ponce or Mark Arvin Patiag of Galleria Duemila, Tel. No. +632 831 9990; Telefax no. +632 833 9815, email: or visit our website at

May 18-June 30, 2014
Galleria Duemila Inc.
210 Loring Street, 1300 Pasay City

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1 comment:

  1. Each of his pieces are wonderful. His artworks are unique and visually intersting. It also evokes contemplation from the viewer. Too bad i missed the exhibit. I would love to see his works in person.


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