The Artista Review Exploring Philippine contemporary art through in-depth discussions with those who create it.

June 10, 2016  

Sandra sits down with Tacloban-born fashion designer Tipay Caintic this week to talk about ethics in the fashion industry, the ideas behind her new collection Oral Fixations, and how she is helping her community rebuild post-supertyphoon Haiyan.

May 26, 2016  

This week's episode was recorded for The Artist Ambassador convention, an online event that invited "artists and participants to explore what it means to be an artist in the current social, economic and political climate and how we tackle these hurdles with technology, conversation and collaboration." You can read more about the convention at this link. In this panel discussion, we talk about distance, mobility, and the way those concepts affect cultural practices.

This week's guests are Alice Sarmiento (art critic and curator), Merv Espina (the institute of lower learning (iLL), Green Papaya Art Projects, WSK), Siddharta Perez (National University of Singapore Museum, Planting Rice) and Randel Urbano (Jorge B. Vargas Museum and Filipiniana Research Center).
May 12, 2016  

Award-winning cinematographer Sasha Palomares shares her thoughts this week on seeing the world through a cinematographic lens, the relationships she forms on set, and the emotional and physical stamina it takes to get through a project.

This episode features guest host Kim Alcoreza.


April 28, 2016  

Lui Medina is a full-time visual artist living and working in Manila. Her practice utilizes painting, drawing and sculptural elements to give life to her thought processes. She speaks to Sandra and guest host Alice Sarmiento this week about studying painting in the UK, the relationship between art writing and art making, and how the academe informs art ecosystems.

This episode features guest host, writer and art critic Alice Sarmiento.

April 14, 2016  

Carlos Castaño is an independent Filipino musician who has performed for crowds around the world. Most notably, he played at the Formula One Grand Prix in Singapore in 2014. He talks to us this week about his experience coming out of the Manila gig scene, what parts of himself go into his songwriting, and the role of intentionality in building a career.

This episode features guest host, writer and musician Abi Portillo.

March 31, 2016  

Cru Camara is a photographer based in Manila and New York City. She is known for her distinct imagery, colored in fluorescent pastels, depicting scenes from both cities. Cru discusses the conceptual origins of her work, the importance of photographic literacy and the effects of art school on her personal endeavours.

This episode features guest host, illustrator Sean Andrew Cura.

March 17, 2016  


Rod Marmol is a poet and storyteller known for his "hugot poetry". His Facebook page, Utot Catalog, has garnered 230,000 likes in the past three years and continues to grow. In this episode, he talks to us about his dreams of becoming a thought leader, his fascination with heartwrenching stories, and why rejection is such a resonant theme in his writing.


March 3, 2016  

Katrina Teh is a Filipina digital artist and illustrator based in Hong Kong. She balances a professional career as a concept artist for Disney, with her personal projects, which include expressionistic digital collages. In this interview, she discusses the role of emotions in art making, what it is to be an OFW (overseas Filipino worker), the value keeping sketches and squiggles in a notebook, and the divide between "jobs" and "autobiographical work".


February 18, 2016  

Art critic Alice Sarmiento discusses critical thinking, the controversial influence of language on art's market value, and what it means to be a Filipino artist on the world stage. 

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February 4, 2016  

Four-time Palanca Award winning writer Exie Abola discusses his writing process, his stance on Filipino writers using the Enlish language, and his decision to shift his focus from non-fiction to fiction. 


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