British photographer Justin James Wright, and expatriate in the Philippines since 1998, will hold a fine art photographic exhibition at the ArtistSpace of Ayala Museum from October 17 to November 3. Titled Resilience: The Isla Pulo Community, the exhibit is comprised of a series of poignant, fine art photographs and takes viewers into the heart of the people of Isla Pulo—an impoverished community of roughly 1,000 people—on the shores of Manila Bay.
Wright artistically shoots a surreal place of strength amid squalor, perseverance despite poverty, and resolve, above ruin. Through his lens, he allows viewers to step into everyday life situations within the community, and enables them to feel the raw emotion captured in the moment.
Ambassador Designate Asif Ahmad congratulated Wright on his first exhibition in the Philippines. He said, “The Philippines is a source of inspiration for many artists, and it is exciting to see more and more fellow Britons coming here. The exhibit’s title, Resilience, encapsulates the Filipino spirit that I have seen over the 10 years that I have visited the country.
“We are grateful to the Ayala Museum for hosting talented artists from all over the world, including from the UK. This collaboration is another great way to celebrate Philippine-British Friendship Week this October.
He further stated, “Wright’s photographs showcase British creativity. People in the Philippines can see British talent not just in museums but also in their daily lives through fashion, music, film and literature.”
Wright’s exhibit is part of “This is Great Britain,” a five-month celebration of the best of British business and culture which encompasses Philippine-British Friendship Week, among other exciting events.
ArtistSpace is located at the ground floor of the Ayala Museum Annex, Ayala Museum, Makati Avenue corner Dela Rosa Street, Greenbelt, Makati City. For more information on the exhibit, log on to www.jjwrightfineart.com.
For more information on “This is Great Britain,” follow the British Embassy Manila Facebook page, Twitter (@ukinphilippines) and website at www.gov.uk/world/philippines). Interested parties may also contact the events team at GREAT@britchamphil.org.