Vancouver Independent
Archives Week


Fri. 05.03.21 / 6 pm How to Survive Life and its Disasters

A Virtual Discussion on Archives with Donna Miranda, Lena Cobangbang, Lesley-Anne Cao, and Allison Collins
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  1. Box 26 - Donna Miranda. Fire damage. Courtesy of Green Papaya Art Projects.

This conversation will draw from artist’s materials that survived a fire in 2020, at Green Papaya Art Projects, the longest running artist-run space in Quezon City, Philippines. Under lockdown and midway through a major archiving project, the fire took a drastic toll on the activities of the group, which has been active in the community for over 20 years. In the spirit of sharing knowledge and appreciation for the care and safeguarding of independent archives, the Recollective team, based in Vancouver, British Columbia, connected through shared community and resources to support the digitization of the Green Papaya tapes, and to help bring the small collection of archival materials that survived the fire to new communities.

The Green Papaya Art Projects archive holds works by decades of artists who have been connected to the centre. This talk will highlight elements of the video tape collection, show excerpts of performance tapes by two artists: Donna Miranda, a co-founder of Green Papaya Art Projects, and Lena Cobangbang, an artist, community organizer, documentarian, and conduit of community knowledge. Cobangbang and Miranda, both based in the Philippines, will be joined by artist Lesley-Anne Cao, representing Green Papaya Art Projects archive, and Allison Collins, representing Recollective as the organizer of the event.

This talk will be held in English, via Zoom, with simultaneous captioning, and will be recorded as documentation for inclusion here, on the Recollective website, where a commissioned response by artist and writer Christian Vistan will also be launched at a later date.

Thank you to Tara Fraser for her vital preservation and remediation expertise and assistance on this project.

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Webinar ID: 969 8463 5623


Zoom Link for Virtual Event:
Webinar ID: 969 8463 5623

Donna Miranda is a choreographer living and working in the Philippines. Miranda relocates choreography from the site of the individual body to that of collective political actions. She works as a freelance consultant for international development organizations concerning gender justice, public health and disaster risk reduction. She also does volunteer work as co-convenor for SAKA, an alliance of artists supporting genuine agrarian reform and rural development in the Philippines.

Lena Cobangbang (b. Philippines, 1976) studied Fine Arts at the University of the Philippines in Diliman QC. Her work is broad-ranging, moving across video, installation, and found objects to embroidery, cookery, performance and photography. Integral to her art practice is doing collaborations with other artists, such as with Yasmin Sison under the created fictional identity as Alice and Lucinda; and with Mike Crisostomo as The Weather Bureau. A part of the seminal artist collective Surrounded By Water, her art practice extends to doing art administration and exhibit organizing, having been a fellow at the 2008 HAO Summit for emerging artists, curator and art managers in Asia in Singapore in 2008, and having undergone an artist/curator research residency exchange between Green Papaya Art Projects and Pekarna Magdalenske Mreze in Maribor, Slovenia in 2010. She was also part of the touring exhibit Bastards of Misrepresentation, curated by Manuel Ocampo which has been held in Berlin, Hamburg, Bangkok and New York and the Manila Vice show in Sete, France. In 2005, she was nominated for the 3rd Ateneo Art Awards. She received the Cultural Center of the Philippines Thirteen Artists Award in 2006 and was one of the participating artists in the 2008 Singapore Biennale.

Lesley-Anne Cao is a visual artist based in Quezon City, Philippines. Her work is a series of processes and divergent practices that revolve around art-making, the exhibition, and fiction. Recent works use recognizable materials such as books, plants, debris, precious metals, and money, enacting displacements and substitutions by way of creating sets and narratives. Cao holds a BFA from the University of the Philippines College of Fine Arts - Diliman. Recent exhibitions include The hand, the secretary, a landscape at the Cultural Center of the Philippines (2018), a knowing intimacy or a life at the U.P. Vargas Museum (2019), and the New Cinema Competition program at the 15th Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival in the UK (2019). She has been granted artist residencies in Taiwan and Finland and has also presented work in Australia, Seoul, Hong Kong, and Indonesia.

Allison Collins is a curator, writer and researcher. Her practice has investigated and participated in artist-run centres both contemporary and historical for over a decade. She is part of Kamias Special Projects Collective (with Patrick Cruz and Su-Ying Lee) which organizes the Kamias Triennial, in Quezon City, Philippines, and a co-organizer of Pacific Crossings, an ongoing conversation and public presentation series that draws participants from various regions and nations adjacent to the Pacific Ocean. She holds a BFA in Visual Art, University of Ottawa, and an MA in Art History (Critical and Curatorial Studies), University of British Columbia.

Friday, March 5, 6pm Pacific Standard Time (Vancouver)
Saturday, March 6, 10am Philippine Standard Time (Manila)

This event is organized by Allison Collins and Green Papaya Art Projects, with support from Recollective and VIVO Media Arts.