FIVE HUNDRED MILLION LITTLE BELLS, FIVE HUNDRED MILLION SPRINGS
A commemorative exhibition reuniting past recipients of the Philippine Artist Residency Program (PARP).
In 2010, Alliance Francaise de Manille launched the Philippine Artist Residency Program (PARP) to broaden professional networks between contemporary art communities in the Philippines and France. Since its conception, the program has sent Filipino and French artists to participate in these exchanges and experience artistic research, production, and community engagement. The exhibition “Five Hundred Million Little Bells, Five Hundred Million Springs” gathers the works of selected past PARP recipients: Dexter Sy (PH), Eric Zamuco (PH), Goldie Poblador (PH), Jill Paz (PH), Poklong Anading (PH), Riel Hilario+ (PH), and Vincent Ruffin (FR).
The presentation revisits the artists’ experiences while completing their residencies and invites the audience to examine works produced, influenced by, or somehow drawn from living between the two countries. The line “five hundred million little bells, five hundred million springs” is lifted from Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s seminal work, The Little Prince, in perhaps its most recognizable chapter as it speaks about the temporariness of our mortal existence and the permanence of presence through the intangible ways that we affect one another. Essentially, PARP shares the same sentiment and opens doors, borders, and gateways to foster new modes of thinking and contemporary approaches in art-making. Thus, the program’s purpose, impact, and significance live through generations of artists as they bridge gaps and amplify voices from the two nations.
Text and poster by Alliance Francaise de Manille.