Patrick Flores

Curator raising the profile of South East Asian art

The curator of the Jorge B. Vargas Museum and Filipiniana Research Center of the University of the Philippines, in Quezon City, Manila, where he is also professor of art studies, has over the past several years established himself as a leading curator of and thinker about contemporary art in his native Philippines (in 2015 Flores curated the Philippines’ return to the Venice Biennale after a 51-year absence) and in Southeast Asia more generally. On home turf he curated exhibitions exploring the recent history of art from his native land, as well as Ties of History: Art in Southeast Asia, marking the end of the 50th-anniversary year of the ASEAN states. Further afield he was one of the curators of this year’s inaugural Bangkok Art Biennale, and this past April he was confirmed as artistic director of next year’s Singapore Biennale, a platform that should enable Flores to further explore his investigations into what the diverse forms of contemporary art from Southeast Asia are and could be.