Arianna Mercado
curator, writer

Lani Maestro, “only words,” abaca, hemp, paper, 2018

Lani Maestro, “her,” neon, 2018

school of love
December 7, 2018 - March 3, 2019
Calle Wright, Manila

Lani Maestro

Since it’s debut exhibition, Calle Wright’s exploration of art presentation contiguous to an artist’s process and vision continues with Lani Maestro’s school of love. Created in response to the architecture and history of the place, Maestro installs a cluster of pieces that she refers to as tender poems; perhaps a memorial or tributary to people or things felt. Maestro describes her work as an architecture of the body where an experience is marked as passage, never fixed and thus overcomes any kind of authority imposed by a given space or architecture. This felted-ness is hopefully an initiation of a dialogue of some kind, a reciprocal relationship where various complex subjectivities emerge and audience becomes subject as he/she/it stays present with the work they embrace, as it embraces them.
Lani Maestro, “horizon,” ink on plywood, 2018

Photos courtesy of Geric Cruz / Calle Wright