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Café of Letters presents: “An Abridged History of Forgetting” on November 29

Café of Letters Reading Group In An Abridged History of Forgetting


On November 29, at 2 – 4PM, Merv Espina will join us for the third run of Café of Letters: Reading Group. In “An Abridged History of Forgetting”, Espina looks at alternative and lost histories. Grounding the discussion on specific moments and fragments in Philippine art, among others, he underscores that history is more about narratives of complicity than full-proof infallibility.

Judy Freya Sibayan’s “Performance” (Philippine Art Supplement, Vol. 2, No. 6, Nov-Dec 1981) juxtaposed with a recent video interview with Jose Tence Ruiz (by Con Cabrera for her upcoming White Noise exhibition) are references for the discussion.

Registration fee is P135 (P115 for students and members of the museum’s membership program). It comes with a free admission and guided tour of the current exhibition. Gourmet Farms Inc. will serve freshly brewed coffee during the event.

Limited slots. For registration and more information about these events, call Thea Garing/Tina Modrigo at 631-2417 or email

Museum hours are Mondays to Saturdays, except holidays, 8 AM to 5 PM. The Lopez Museum and Library is at the ground floor, BenPres Building, Exchange Road corner Meralco Avenue, Pasig City.

Click for a copy of “Performance”

MERV ESPINA is the co-founder of the institute of Lower Learning (iLL), an experimental art and education initiative based in Saigon and Manila; program director for Green Papaya Art Projects, the oldest artist-run creative interdisciplinary platform in the Philippines; and cook-janitor of WSK, a media art kitchen and festival.
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