Cebu-based Tropical Futures Institute joins Art Fair Philippines 2020

Tropical Futures Institute (TFI) are showing Dumaguete artist, Kris Ardeña, in a solo presentation titled, “Basahan,” to this year’s Art Fair Philippines.

Cebu-based Tropical Futures Institute joins Art Fair Philippines 2020 | Cebu Finest

Cebu-based Tropical Futures Institute joins Art Fair Philippines 2020

“This is our (TFI) first time and the first time that a Cebu-based organization will be joining Art Fair Philippines,” said Chris Fussner, co-founder of TFI.

The show “Basahan” continues as one of Ardeña’s narrative paths of finding beauty in everyday Filipino culture, picking these details out and using them to inspire his work. His work is based on the socio-economic conditions that surround his studio and practice.

“The concept of ‘basahan’ is ubiquitous in the Philippines – we see it every day, we touch it every day. The practicality and simplicity of the upcycled object hold ideals of the future and carries a distinct symbol woven into each piece,” said Ardeña.

TFI is a multidisciplinary think-tank studio that works closely with the Cebu gallery, 856G, in putting together a broad base of cultural programming that connects many pockets of the creative community in Cebu together.

TFI and 856G Gallery recently worked together with Ardeña in his solo presentation in Dubai. For Art Fair Philippines, Tropical Futures Institute will be presenting Kristoffer Ardeña separately.

Art Fair Philippines will be held at The Link, Ayala Center Makati on February 21 to 23, 2020.

Cebu-based Tropical Futures Institute joins Art Fair Philippines 2020 | Cebu Finest
Kris Ardeña (second from right), Chris Fuusner, co-founder of TFI, and their colleagues from Tropical Futures

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For more information and updates, visit Tropical Futures Institute’s Instagram Page today.

About Tropical Futures Institute1

Tropical Futures Institute was founded in 2015 as an experiment in contemporary culture and is currently located in Cebu, Philippines.

They work in tangent with 856G, an open format cultural space that assists us with developing a dynamic program in conjunction with their own. They produce everything between art exhibitions, residencies, zinefests, loud parties, community shows, workshops, and talks.

Blending as much as they can across different disciplines and communities to create diverse cultural programming, they work with collaborators in New York, Cebu, Bacolod, Manila, Bali, and Singapore.

All garments and object production goes towards spreading the brand of the institute as well as funding our operational expenses.


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