Artivism Iloilo was born in 2017 inspired by the dream of bringing engaging collaborative art to the heart of communities and unlikely locations.
We are a collective of artists, social innovators, and unconventional movers.
We are a unique mobile creative hub raised by co-mingling cultures of the city and the barrio.
Our ethos and process
Having immersed ourselves in art galleries, museums, poetry reading venues, and the academe, we felt the curiosity and calling to also bring art in the streets, for the grassroots, and public spaces. The original plan was to paint murals, yet the intention deepened into designing site-specific, sociopolitical theme-rich, and human-centered design projects.
Our process begins with immersion – exploring the location through its landscape, energy, and dynamics. Then, we collect questions and clamors. From there, we narrow the narrative to an encompassing theme that serves as a guide for all the murals, performances, workshops, and contests.
As we design the program, we put the people we work with at the center. The locals take part in developing a dialogue whether it is through painting walls, crafting their contest entries, joining in the workshops, or showcasing their talents in the presentation. We invite our fellow artists and community movers to convene and forge concepts and approaches, then weave these diverse parts into a shared space and philosophy. Whatever we create together represents our suggested solution, our dream, our bigger inquiry.
Over the years, every Artivism.ilo project and event reveals to us that unity does not necessarily mean uniformity and oneness can be experienced amidst diversity. Every wall painted breaks another unseen wall.