‘VIVA EXCON’ RETURNS FOR ITS 13TH YEAR

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THE Visayas Islands Visual Arts Exhibition and Conference (VIVA ExCon) returns to Negros for its 13th biennale from November 13 to 16.

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Following the VIVA ExCon 2013 held in Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental in 2012, this year’s four-day exhibit-cum-conference will be held in different areas in Negros Occidental.

The conference component of the VIVA ExCon 2014 will be conducted at the Nature’s Village in Talisay City. The topics to be discussed will be drawn into a series of forums dedicated to discuss issues and topics concerning artists, curators, galleries, museums, and collectors; with several resource speakers assigned for each field.

Alongside the conference, exhibits will be situated in three different locations. VIVA Inspire Lifeforce Exhibition will be housed at the new Gallery Orange in Bacolod, the Jess Ayco Modern Art Exhibition at Balay ni Tana Dicang in Talisay City and the Garbo Honoring and Exhibition will be at the Negros Museum, Bacolod.

A final plenary will be of a dialogue with the Garbo Awardees to be followed by Garbo sa Bisaya Exhibition and Awarding at the Negros Museum.

A fellowship night with an “Inspire Costume Party” Theme will cap the four-day event.

Since 1996, the National Commission for Culture and the Arts has adapted and, ever since sponsored VIVA ExCon. NCCA saw the project as a blueprint for local initiatives in the formation of regional arts festivals in Luzon and Mindanao.

VIVA ExCon aspires to bridge the Visayan Islands in the field of visual art. The challenge in the unification of the region’s arts lies behind the geographical fragmentation of the island cluster.

Through dialogues, interactions, networking and cultural exchanges, the conference rises up to this and intends to facilitate development in the local visual art scene, provide venue for collaboration among the region’s artists and be able to answer to the constant call of change in the field of art.

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