Phoenix exhibition: late 2015

Phoenix exhibition: late 2015

Phoenix: a beautiful mythical creature rising from the ashes of its predecessor. 

From the ash + charcoal of Manila's slums rises a unique, striking exhibition by Kaff-eine + friends Geloy Concepcion + Geric Cruz, featuring collaborations between Kaff-eine + Manila's garbage-pickers + charcoal-makers.   

Powerful collaborative paintings combine Kaff-eine's delicate portraits with the images made by garbage-pickers + charcoal-makers in two of Manila's most impoverished slums, Baseco Compound + Aroma. The collaborations were created with the very charcoal made in these slums

The paintings are accompanied by Geric + Geloy's beautiful, poignant fine art photography, + the release of their special documentary about the Phoenix project.

The proceeds form the sale of collaborative Phoenix artworks will be donated to respected + established non-government organisations Bahay Tuluyan + Gawad Kalinga, who support the residents of Aroma + Baseco.

Detail, 'I Love You All' by Kaff-eine, Baseco + Happyland residents

Detail, 'I Love You All' by Kaff-eine, Baseco + Happyland residents

Baseco charcoal, compressed charcoal + watercolour on paper, hand-stitched. 

Detail, 'Invincible' by Kaff-eine, Baseco + Happyland residents

Detail, 'Invincible' by Kaff-eine, Baseco + Happyland residents

Baseco charcoal, compressed charcoal + watercolour on paper, hand-stitched.

Detail, Princess by Kaff-eine + Princess Lyka Roque (Happyland)

Detail, Princess by Kaff-eine + Princess Lyka Roque (Happyland)

Baseco charcoal, compressed charcoal + watercolour on paper, hand-stitched.

Detail, Titan by Kaff-eine

Detail, Titan by Kaff-eine

Baseco charcoal, compressed charcoal + watercolour on paper, hand-stitched.

Detail, Uling by Kaff-eine, Baseco + Happyland  residents

Detail, Uling by Kaff-eine, Baseco + Happyland residents

Baseco charcoal, compressed charcoal + watercolour on paper, hand-stitched.

Detail, Lets Help Each Other by Kaff-eine, Baseco + Happyland residents

Detail, Lets Help Each Other by Kaff-eine, Baseco + Happyland residents

Baseco charcoal, compressed charcoal + watercolour on paper, hand-stitched.

Detail, A Happy Land by Kaff-eine + Happyland residents

Detail, A Happy Land by Kaff-eine + Happyland residents

Baseco charcoal, compressed charcoal + watercolour on paper, hand-stitched.

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Phoenix Trailer (2015)

“Phoenix: a beautiful mythical creature which rises from the ashes of destruction”

From the ash and charcoal of Manila’s most impoverished dumpsite slums rises a striking exhibition by Kaff-eine, with friends Geloy Concepcion and Geric Cruz, featuring collaborations between Kaff-eine and Manila’s garbage-pickers and charcoal-makers. 

Kaff-eine combines her realist watercolour and charcoal portraits with the images and stories made on-site by the creative, resilient garbage-pickers and charcoal-makers from Baseco Compound and the Aroma Happyland slum. The collaborations were created with the charcoal made in these slums. These paintings are accompanied by Geric and Geloy’s photography from the area, and the Australian launch of the Phoenix documentary, which follows the intimate art-making process in the slums. 

Baseco Compound and Happyland are often described as dirty, dangerous, crime-ridden, violent and ‘godforsaken’, attracting little interest, empathy, or investment to make changes to the communities’ appalling circumstances. Phoenix invites audiences to step inside these confronting environments and recognise the nuance, pride and strength of the communities living in Manila’s literal wastelands.

Proceeds from the sale of collaborative artworks will be donated to established non-government organisations that directly support the communities in Aroma and Baseco. 

For information about the Phoenix artworks, contact Kaff-eine at kaff-eine.com

To follow Kaff-eine, Geloy and Geric's next project, go to cheeseagle.com.

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