98B COLLABoratory (98B) mounts its second bi-annual exhibition entitled ESCAPE which runs from February 24 – March 3, 2018. Mainly situated at the ground and mezzanine floor of the First United Building in Escolta, Manila, with other activities happening along the street like PAN/// at the Panpisco Building, Syvel’s wall along Burke Street and The Ruins (beside the Capitol Theater).

The ESCAPE 2018 edition’s theme revolves around the Filipino root word “SAKSI.” It focuses on specific organized/curated/self-initiated projects of groups/collectives/individuals that "witness" or "bear witness" through art forms, practices or forms of expression.

There are many different ways by which artists, curators and cultural workers experience their immediate surroundings, societal ills, current practices and ways of living. ESCAPE 2018: SAKSI aims to take stock of various issues by instigating dialogues and conversations to examine these concerns; not specifically to arrive at solutions (although that would be a positive outcome) but to put forth possible steps to counteract threats, strengthen resolves, acknowledge matters or simply plan and take stock of what is current.

SAKSI is an exhibition that compiles projects that deliberate concerns to provoke further discussions. SAKSI perceives, critiques and activates matters and spaces that are otherwise overlooked, suppressed or dismissed. SAKSI bears witness to contemporary questions and queries that 98B relates to.

Prior to its current form, ESCAPE began as ESC Projects, a parallel event with 98B’s monthly Saturday market in Escolta, Manila. Essentially, “ESCape Projects deal with spatial negotiations, transformations and interventions. It revolves around particular locations, contexts and renditions—whether as flights of the imagination or discharges of the creative spirit. ESCape artists are given the freedom to conceive and visualize new landscapes.” It is from this incubator that the notion evolved ESC Projects into ESCAPE, a bi-annual exhibition that runs for a week.

ESCAPE 2018: SAKSI features projects, participated in by local and international artists, curators and cultural workers that contemplate on the theme’s different layers. Aside from the exhibition, ESCAPE 2018: SAKSI will also have performances, workshops, screenings, talks and other activities to highlight the featured projects in its roster.

ESCAPE with us and be an involved SAKSI.

The VENUE and site map

The venue for ESCAPE 2016 will be at The First United Building, formerly known and still commonly referred to as Perez-Samanillo Building, is an Art Deco building on Escolta Street in Binondo, Manila, Philippines. It was designed by Andres Luna de San Pedro, the son of renowned painter Juan Luna, and was the tallest building in Manila when it was completed in 1928.






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