The National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) and the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), in partnership with the Office of Sen. Loren Legarda, are pleased to announce the selection of the curatorial proposal titled “Muhon: Place Markers In The Search For Emerging Identity” by Architect Edgardo Ledesma Jr. of the Leandro V. Locsin Partners firm as the country’s representative to the prestigious 15th International Architecture Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia.
Muhon: Place Markers In The Search For Emerging Identity was chosen by the panel from among thirteen submissions during the selection process on November 28 at the Senate of the Philippines. Ledesma Jr. submitted the curatorial proposal, together with his architect partners Leandro Locsin Jr. and Raul Locsin.
The selected proposal seeks to start a discussion on built environment and its relation to cultural identity, using the dense capital Metro Manila as its subject. It aims to explore the architect’s role in building or demolishing built heritage and its implications to “an adolescent city in flux.”
In the process of research and documentation of the city’s epochal structures, the exhibit will trace iconic buildings, uncovering their history and relevance or irrelevance in the formation of the nation’s collective identity, resulting in a proposition for their preservation, conservation or adaptive reuse.
Muhon is a Tagalog term for boundary stone or landmark. In the submitted curatorial concept, Ledesma envisioned the exhibit to “grapple with the meta-modern search for identity through built heritage within the context of an aggressively emerging mega city.
Using Metro Manila as a test case, it will explore the hypothesis that the rapid creation and destruction of a city’s built heritage precludes the formation of cultural identity.”
The 15th Venice Architecture Biennale will run from May 28, 2016 to November 27, 2016.