The Thirteen Artists Awards is the oldest government award for visual artists in the Philippines and is now conferred every three years by the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP). Yesterday they announced this year’s thirteen and I’m humbled and deeply grateful to be on this list together with some very talented and courageous artists who speak truth to power. The list includes Filipino artists in the Philippines and those in the diaspora such as the US (San Francisco), Canada (Toronto and Vancouver), and me in Australia (Sydney). Thank you as well for all the residencies, fellowships, curators and gallerists, mentors, friends, and colleagues who have supported my work in various countries over the years. Maraming salamat po, Cultural Center of the Philippines Visual Arts and Museum Division and congratulations to the other twelve artists! Looking forward to working closely with the museum for a future exhibition curated by the amazing Shireen Seno (13 Artists 2018).

CCP Visual Arts and Museum Division TAA 2021 winners’ announcement

CCP VAMD is very proud to announce this year’s batch of CCP 13 Artists Awardees —

• Allan Balisi

• Nice Buenaventura

• Gino Bueza

• Mars Bugaoan

• Rocky Cajigan

• Geloy Concepcion

• Patrick Cruz

• Ian Carlo Jaucian

• KoloWn

• Czar Kristoff

• Lou Lim

• Ryan Villamael

• Catherine Sarah Young

The selection committee, composed of Imelda Cajipe Endaya (13 Artists 1990), Nona Garcia (13 Artists 2003), Nap Jamir II (13 Artists 1974), Gerry Tan ( 13 Artists 1988) and Rica Estrada (CCP VAMD), went through a rigorous online deliberations process in order to come up this year’s batch among the eighty-eight qualified artists that were nominated.

Tatler Magazine features this year’s Thirteen Artists. Thank you very much!

Stoked and grateful to receive another grant from the Kone Foundation for environmentally responsible encounters. Looking forward to slow travel to reach Finland for my art residency with Saari Residence in 2020. The Trans Siberian Railway is a dream; thank you for believing in this crazy bonkers they’ll-never-pick-this-but-dreaming-was-fun idea! Let’s get our Russian, Mandarin, and Finnish on.

View the list here, and congrats to the other grantees!


Barcelona, Spain—From June 20-22, I was in Barcelona, Spain (one of my second homes where I attended art school, hurray!) as The Apocalypse Project is a finalist for the Cultural Innovation International Prize in CCCB. The theme of this year’s biennial prize is climate change.

There were 10 finalists from all over the world, though strangely I was the only one from Asia and I think the one based outside of the EU. How curious. But in any case, I was really grateful to be a part of it; a lot of my best friends are in Barcelona and I haven’t seen them in 7 years. How fast time flies!

On June 20, we had a workshop to explain our proposals and then we had to give a public presentation.

CCCB Cultural Innovation International Prize

Metaphors and storytelling

We had a bilingual workshop, which was mainly for me and James, from the UK

The Apocalypse Project: It’s More Fun in the Anthropocene

With some of my best friends whom I haven’t seen!

When your friends are with you, this talk was a breeze

Taekwondo besties!

My proposal, “The Apocalypse Project: It’s More Fun in the Anthropocene,” was runner-up to the prize. I’m very happy to be a part of this, and to speak about four years of collaborations in Barcelona, one of my “home cities” where my views on interdisciplinary art and science first took root. I’m glad to have seen my friends again—I rarely travel for tourism because of the carbon—so this was a very meaningful trip! Onwards and upwards!