Alfredo and Isabel, it’s been four years since your artwork was shortlisted for The Sovereign Asian Art Prize. How has your career progressed since 2016? Can you share any new projects with us?
We have been working and doing exhibitions continuously as well as doing collaborative projects with art institutions. Lately, now that there has been a major shift because of the global pandemic, we are focusing on community development. In line with our practice of working with craftspeople and artisans, we extend these collaborations by assisting in creating workshop spaces and engaging the local community through education and transmitting skill.
The pandemic has halted many of our projects as we cannot travel, however it has also become a blessing in disguise as we were able to stay longer than expected here in the Philippines. We were able to finally start one of our Fruitjuice Factori Studio advocacies, where we help in creating spaces for people to engage and exchange ideas, transmit knowledge, and empower communities through art and creativity among others.
Fruitjuice Factori Studio is our studio space here in the Philippines, which used to be an actual fruit juice factory! It is also the name of our collective group that includes all our five children, who are all artists.
Collaboration is clearly an important aspect of your work, as you create together and work creatively within your community. Before your partnership, did you two have solo careers, and do you feel you work better together and with others than by yourselves?
Yes, we had our individual practice and we actually think this was never set aside, even though we have our collaborative practice which is more focused on art projects and community engagement.