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Kaff-eine solo exhibition: Kalabaw mural

Time-lapse of Kaff-eine painting the mural for Kalabaw solo exhibition 22-31 January 2015.

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Time-lapse of Kaff-eine painting 'Unbridled' for Kalabaw solo exhibition 22-31 January 2015.

Shanty constructed from garbage, facing the Pasig River

Shanty constructed from garbage, facing the Pasig River

Shanties near the sea wall

Shanties near the sea wall

Polystyrene rafting on the Pasig River

Polystyrene rafting on the Pasig River

Trash-fight, at the mouth of the Pasig River

Trash-fight, at the mouth of the Pasig River

Fishing boats on the Pasig River

Fishing boats on the Pasig River

Walking the riverside edge of Baseco Compound

Walking the riverside edge of Baseco Compound

Geloy Concepcion + new friends from Gawad Kalinga searching for the ulingan (charcoal factory) at Baseco 

The Phoenix project crew

The Phoenix project crew

L-R: Kaff-eine, Geric Cruz, Geloy Concepcion + Marti Salva, taken by a young Baseco resident after completing the charcoal sketches

Baseco boys draw, using Publito's uling

Baseco boys draw, using Publito's uling

Young residents living at the sea wall draw with charcoal made on-site by Tito Publito

Geloy + Geric

Geloy + Geric

Friends, artist/photographers + Phoenix collaborators Geloy Concepcion + Geric Cruz at Baseco Compound

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Street-pool

Geric + Baseco resident Raiven play pool at Baseco's local 'pool hall' 

Making uling

Making uling

After days of careful smouldering, Publito + Lolita unearth their latest batch of uling (charcoal), expertly controlling oxygen levels + watering the smouldering charcoal to prevent ignition. Their other ulingan (charcoal factories) are visible in the background + to the left of the photo.

Sea-wall community

Sea-wall community

Young residents living near Baseco's sea wall pose together during the making of the Phoenix documentary

Merman at 'Baseco beach'

Merman at 'Baseco beach'

At the sea-wall, Baseco Compound 

Taking a break

Taking a break

The Phoenix production crew + helpers take a break while filming the Phoenix project documentary 

Basketballers at the sea wall

Basketballers at the sea wall

“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.

Searching for collaborators

Searching for collaborators

Friends from Bahay Tuluyan search amongst the shanties for collaborators at Aroma, Happyland, Tondo. 

Garbage-picking

Garbage-picking

A resident scavenges through garbage from the neighbouring dumpsite at Aroma, Tondo.

Documentary-making

Documentary-making

The Phoenix crew conduct interviews in the lanes at Aroma, Tondo.

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Aroma

The Phoenix crew shoot images for the collaborative art project.

Young entertainer

Young entertainer

A young resident dances in his plastic gown, atop a truck in Aroma.

Young crooner

Young crooner

Serenaded by a smooth young crooner in Aroma

Collaborating amongst the garbage

Collaborating amongst the garbage

Young garbage-pickers + Eunissa from Bahay Tuluyan create charcoal drawings at Aroma, Tondo.

Young Aroma residents

Young Aroma residents

Group collaboration

Group collaboration

Michael from Bahay Tuluyan interprets residents' wishes for their community at Aroma, Tondo.

Aroma Temporary Housing, Tondo

Aroma Temporary Housing, Tondo

Aroma laneways, Tondo

Aroma laneways, Tondo

Negotiating our way through the lanes to our collaboration space.

Phoenix collaborations in progress

Phoenix collaborations in progress

Charcoal drawing in progress

Charcoal drawing in progress

Aroma, Tondo

Aroma, Tondo

The Bahay Tuluyan crew

The Bahay Tuluyan crew

L-R: Joy, Abi, Michael + Diana: friends, wonderful youth-workers + Phoenix project collaborators for the Aroma part of the project.

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: 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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Carrying the red carpet into Happyland

Carrying the red carpet into Happyland

Arriving at Happyland for the preview

Arriving at Happyland for the preview

Red carpet heading to the Happyland preview

Red carpet heading to the Happyland preview

Central Happyland

Central Happyland

In early for front row seats at the Happyland preview

In early for front row seats at the Happyland preview

Emily rolls out the red carpet at Happyland

Emily rolls out the red carpet at Happyland

A full house for the Happyland preview

A full house for the Happyland preview

Party in Happyland

Party in Happyland

A full house for the Baseco Compound preview

A full house for the Baseco Compound preview

Full house at the Baseco 'theatre'

Full house at the Baseco 'theatre'

Art tarps used to make the Baseco 'theatre'

Art tarps used to make the Baseco 'theatre'

Baseco crowds

Baseco crowds

Red carpet shenanigans at Baseco

Red carpet shenanigans at Baseco

Baseco 'theatre' crowds with Phoenix artworks

Baseco 'theatre' crowds with Phoenix artworks

Full house at the Baseco 'theatre'

Full house at the Baseco 'theatre'

Red carpet fun, Baseco Compound

Red carpet fun, Baseco Compound

Rough sketch

Rough sketch

Marking out characters

Marking out characters

Filling in basic colours

Filling in basic colours

Beginning linework

Beginning linework

Filling in colours

Filling in colours

The finished collaboration

The finished collaboration

Adnate x Kaff-eine mural for Amnesty International. Photo courtesy of Adnate.

Yorm Bopha, Write for Rights success

Yorm Bopha, Write for Rights success

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Write for Rights

Adnate and Kaff-eine for Write for Rights 2015 Amnesty International

Happyland project + exhibition: 2016

Happyland project + exhibition: 2016

Details about 'Happyland', the final element of Kaff-eine's collaborative art project with Manila's garbage-pickers + charcoal-makers, will be uploaded soon. 

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