Asia Art Archive welcomes Merv Espina as Researcher-in-Residence.
During his residency, Espina is engaging with late artist Ha Bik Chuen’s correspondence with international print biennials during the 1970s and 1980s to explore the networks and affiliations within the art world in this period.
On 1 February 2018, Espina discusses the legacy of VIVA EXCON within the context of art biennials and festivals in Asia. For more information, please click here.
Merv Espina is an artist and researcher based in Metro Manila. He is Program Director for the artist-run, interdisciplinary platform Green Papaya Art Projects; Cook&Janitor for WSK, a media art kitchen and annual “festival of the recently possible”; Co-founder of The Kalampag Tracking Agency, a Philippine moving image screening and archiving initiative; and Co-founder of the sonic arts platform Kamuning Public Radio. Recent co-curatorial work includes SUNSHOWER: Contemporary Art from Southeast Asia 1980s to Now (2017), “MISFITS”: Pages from a Loose-leaf Modernity (2017), and VIVA EXCON Capiz (2018).
Espina’s residency is part of The Ha Bik Chuen Archive Project (2016–2019), generously supported by the Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust.