The Bank of China, in partnership with the Metropolitan Museum of Manila, Chinese Culture and Art Association, and China Daily Mail launches an arts and cultural exchange program between the Philippines and China.
The project, dubbed “In Harmony with Nature,” brings together five Filipino artists and five Chinese artists to participate in a brief residency in historically and culturally significant locations that would juxtapose similarities and nuances of people, place, and nature.
It seeks to present the issue of climate change and mankind’s stewardship of the natural environment from an artist’s perspective.
“We care deeply about the environment, and that extends to our business as well. We implement a strict Green Financing policy where we only finance projects that do not damage the environment,” said Deng Jun, country head of Bank of China Manila.
The participants will first undergo a brief residency in Palawan before returning to Manila to exhibit their work at the MET. The initial leg will be punctuated with a collaborative/interactive painting that will be held during the exhibit’s opening day.
After the art exhibition in the Philippines, a counterpart art exhibition will be held in China. It will then be the Filipino artists’ turn to visit China for a similar residency and collaborative painting activity.
Participating artists from the Philippines are Manuel Baldemor, Rico Lascano, Phyllis Zaballero, Norberto Carating, and Jonahmar Salvosa. Their Chinese counterparts are Kuku Chai Bukuk, Cai Zhixin, Ding Jie, Hao Ping, and Liu She.