More and more are turning to photo and video as art mediums. As a celebration of both art forms, Art Fair Philippines is amping up its photography and film sections this year. The sections will focus on photography and video as contemporary art while looking back at past works.
Art Fair Philippines 2020 has called on film composer Erwin Romulo, film critic Philbert Dy, and film archivist and historian Teddy Co to curate film. Poklong Anading, art/n23, bio|trans|forms, Denise Weldon and Tom Epperson, Luzviminda, Silverlens Photo, Strange Fruit, and Tarzeer Pictures will have spaces of their own.
Though Tarzeer Pictures is one of the newer curators, the collective has certainly come to be known for celebrating "Filipino craftsmanship, culture, and creative spirit" by way of photo, video and exhibition productions. We spoke with the creative production agency, headed by Enzo Razon, Dinesh Mohnani, and Gio Panlilio, about its upcoming Art Fair Philippines space, photography and video as mediums, and challenges it has faced.
Dinesh Mohnani, Gio Panlilio, and Enzo Razon
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ESQUIRE PHILIPPINES: Tarzeer Pictures focuses on photos and videos. How did the three of you become interested in these mediums?
TARZEER PICTURES: We’re all curious people. We’re excited by a multitude of different and unrelated things. Photography and video enable us to focus and explore these interests, while giving us the opportunity to learn about different industries through the projects we work on. Both are also highly collaborative mediums, with different expertise involved to successfully produce a project. The combination of realizing a personal vision while having to collaborate with multiple people to execute those ideas is a very fulfilling and attractive process for all of us.
ESQ: A lot of Tarzeer Pictures' work deals with Filipino culture and themes related to it. Aside from your connection to the country, why does that particularly appeal to you as a fertile ground for exploration?
TP: From a creative point of view, we think that responding to the situations and the contexts immediately around us is inspiring and forces us to look at subjects in a responsible way.