Searching for collaborators
Friends from Bahay Tuluyan search amongst the shanties for collaborators at Aroma, Happyland, Tondo.
A resident scavenges through garbage from the neighbouring dumpsite at Aroma, Tondo.
The Phoenix crew conduct interviews in the lanes at Aroma, Tondo.
The Phoenix crew shoot images for the collaborative art project.
A young resident dances in his plastic gown, atop a truck in Aroma.
Serenaded by a smooth young crooner in Aroma
Collaborating amongst the garbage
Young garbage-pickers + Eunissa from Bahay Tuluyan create charcoal drawings at Aroma, Tondo.
Young Aroma residents
Michael from Bahay Tuluyan interprets residents' wishes for their community at Aroma, Tondo.
Aroma Temporary Housing, Tondo
Aroma laneways, Tondo
Negotiating our way through the lanes to our collaboration space.
Phoenix collaborations in progress
Charcoal drawing in progress
The Bahay Tuluyan crew
L-R: Joy, Abi, Michael + Diana: friends, wonderful youth-workers + Phoenix project collaborators for the Aroma part of the project.
In February-March 2015 Kaff-eine travelled to the Baseco Compound and the Aroma slum, located in Tondo adjacent to Manila's dumpsite, and worked on-site with the garbage-picking and charcoal-making communities. They joined her as active artistic creators and collaborators, using the very charcoal that they make to produce a collection of portraits and images on paper.
The results of this collaboration will become the Phoenix exhibition (to be held in Australia) including the collaborative artworks, and solo Kaff-eine portraits and paintings. It will also include fine art photography and documentary film from Geloy Concepcion and Geric Cruz, Kaff-eine's talented Filipino artist friends, who sensitively documented the art-making context and process.
Proceeds from collaborations sold during the Phoenix exhibition will be returned to the collaborators and their communities.