ART SG: A conversation with Isabel and Alfredo Aquilizan
5 Jul 2023
Razor-sharp sickles from Indonesian blacksmiths, rubber slippers from inmates in Singapore and used blankets from anonymous citizens in Busan. These are just a handful of the unusual materials that Filipino artists Isabel and Alfredo Aquilizan use to create installations, which explore ideas of memory, displacement and home. T
he famed husband-and-wife duo—who have exhibited at the 2003 Venice Biennale, and numerous institutions across the globe—are also known for their participatory workshops. They have invited children and adults to help make immersive works ranging a teetering towers of cardboard homes to a giant pile of airplanes made of found objects. On the eve of their major survey exhibition at Museum MACAN in Jakarta, Payal Uttam from ART SG speaks with the artists about how they got here, what drives them and what’s next.