27 September - 28 October 2016
Adelaide Central Gallery

Riel Hilario (Philippines)
Wawi Navarroza (Philippines)
Mark Valenzuela (Philippines/Australia)

Using ceramic, sculpture, photography, video and sound, roundabout presents contemporary ideas in Philippine art and society, and investigates perceptions of and connections to place, through symbolism and references to history.

roundabout also aims to address Western perceptions of 'developing' countries and the concept of linear progress.
The artists collectively challenge viewers to rethink this concept by presenting ideas surrounding possession, dominion, colonialism and identity in this immersive exhibition.

The three participating artists are exhibiting together in Australia for the first time, and have each been recognised by the Cultural Center of the Philippines’ Thirteen Artists Awards Triennial (Valenzuela in 2015, Hilario and Navarroza in 2012), which identifies artists who take risks to restructure, strengthen, and renew art-making and art-thinking in the Philippines.

roundabout is the only Australia-Philippine offering in the 2016 OzAsia Festival program. Its inclusion is significant 
as 2016 marks 70 years of diplomatic relations between Australia and the Philippines. 

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Opening event

Saturday 24 September 2016, 5pm - 7pm
All welcome, refreshments provided.


Artist Information

Riel Hilario is a multi-disciplinary artist living and working in Antipolo City, Rizal, Philippines. In his practice he reinterprets the traditional practice of ‘santo-making’ (the carving of Christian Saint statues) from San Vicente (a municipality in the province of Ilocos Sur, Philippines), by creating objects that stem from the subconscious and spiritual. Hilario is represented by The Drawing Room, Makati, Philippines.

Wawi Navarroza is a photographer and multi-disciplinary artist from Manila, Philippines. She has a Bachelor of Arts from De La Salle University, Manila and has also studied at the International Center of Photography, New York. Her photography produces dynamic contemporary tableau vivants and portraits, and in recent years has grown to include landscape, constructed still life, and installation. Navarroza is represented by Silverlens, Makati, Philippines. 

Mark Valenzuela's installation-based practice combines ceramics, painting, and drawing to explore the points of tension between the individual and the collective. Born in Pagadian City, Philippines, Valenzuela has exhibited widely in group and solo exhibitions in his home country, in his current residence of Australia, and also internationally. Valenzuela is represented by Artinformal, Manila, Philippines.


This exhibition is generously supported by the Spencer Family Foundation.



Adelaide Central Gallery Opening Hours

Monday, Thursday and Friday, 9am - 5pm, 
Tuesday and Wednesday 9am - 7pm
Saturday 1pm - 4pm

banner image | detail: Riel Hilario, Our Lady of the Revenge, 2016, installation of sculpted wood, found objects, single channel sound, dimensions variable. Photograph by Don Clavo de Comer, courtesy the Pinto Art Gallery.