Enzo Camacho & Ami Lien

Offerings for Escalante

Opens Oct 10

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Ami Lien & Enzo Camacho. Langit Lupa (still). 2023. Digital video, color. Image courtesy the artists and 47 Canal, New York

Offerings for Escalante marks the first major US museum exhibition of artist duo Enzo Camacho (Filipino, b. 1985) and Ami Lien (American, b. 1987). For over a decade, Camacho & Lien’s multidisciplinary practice has addressed the localized effects and forms of resistance within globalized economies of labor, particularly in the context of the Philippines. Through newly produced film and videos, sculptures, and installation, as well as a suite of handmade paper works, Offerings for Escalante centers the Philippine island of Negros, known for its sugar plantations. Producing several new works on the island, the artists examine how historical events continue to shape life in the region today. The centerpiece of the exhibition is Langit Lupa, a newly commissioned longform film that draws attention to state violence against labor activists in Negros, such as in the 1985 Escalante Massacre and with the 2018 murders of nine farmers in Sagay City. Bridging transnational struggles of plantation societies, Offerings for Escalante emphasizes interconnected issues of land justice, food sovereignty, and postcolonial resistance.

Enzo Camacho & Ami Lien are based between New York, Manila, and Berlin. Solo exhibitions of their work have been held at the Glasgow Gallery of Modern Art; Center for Contemporary Art Berlin; Para Site, Hong Kong; Kunstverein Freiburg; and Green Papaya Art Projects, Quezon City, Philippines. They have been included in group exhibitions at Tai Kwun Contemporary, Hong Kong; the Asia Pacific Triennial, Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane; the New Museum, New York; the EVA International, Limerick; Manifesta 13, Marseille; The Drawing Center, New York; the Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts, Taipei; the Brunei Gallery, SOAS University of London; the NTU Center for Contemporary Art, Singapore; UCCA Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing; Jim Thompson Art Center, Bangkok; and Green Papaya Art Projects, Manila. They are currently Senior Fellows at the Lunder Institute of American Art at Colby College.

Dates

October 10, 2024–February 17, 2025

2024-10-10
2025-02-17

Location

MoMA PS1

22-25 Jackson Avenue Queens, NY 11101

Credit

Organized by Ruba Katrib, Curator and Director of Curatorial Affairs. Exhibition research and support is provided by Andrea Sánchez, Coordinator of Curatorial Affairs. The presentation at MoMA PS1 emerges from a cross-institutional collaboration between Para Site Hong Kong, CCA Berlin, and the Glasgow International.