Ditas R. Samson
Ditas R. Samson received B.A. and M.A. degrees from the University of the Philippines (Diliman Campus) and New York University. Her museum professional work began at the former Museum of Philippine Art under National Artist Arturo Luz. After NYU, she worked at City Center Theater to experience arts administration and management of a major performing arts center in New York. Upon return to Manila, she was Director of the Coordinating Center for Visual Arts at the Cultural Center of the Philippines and was also Cultural Officer at the Australian Embassy, Manila. With an arts management group, she directed the planning and programming of two historical sites for the Philippine Centennial celebrations in 1998.
Ms. Samson is presently senior curator and head of museum research and publications at Ayala Museum in the Philippines. She curated and is the featured writer in the following museum exhibitions and accompanying catalogues on Zóbel: Fernando Zóbel in the 1950s: The Formative Years (2009), and Journey into Space: the visual odyssey of Fernando Zóbel (2014). A major area of her curatorial work is the life and work of Fernando Zóbel; other than the three major exhibitions she has curated on the artist she is also overseeing the ongoing Zóbel Catalogue Raisonne project (Asian region).
She is managing curator for Ayala Museum’s New Frontiers exhibitions that showcase new directions in contemporary art; and its OpenSpace program which sets up outdoor exhibitions of works by the Philippine’s most inventive contemporary artists.
In 2007, she was a visiting researcher studying the historical parallels of Korean and Philippine modernism at the National Museum of Contemporary Art in Seoul, Korea under the Korean Ministry of Culture and Tourism. She convened the third Asian Museum Curators Conference (2008) at Ayala Museum in partnership with the Japan Foundation; and was an Exchange Visitor in 2012 for the Museums Connect program of the American Alliance of Museums.
Guillermo Paneque is an artist who occasionally gets involved in curatorial projects. His curatorial approach is neither that of a scholar or an academic, rather is treated more as an extension of his own artistic practice.
He borrows the fluid and meandering methods of an anthropologist or a film director to capture social and psychological intersections in art and practice. In his work there is always a provocative and offbeat component.
He studied at the School of Fine Arts, University of Seville (1981-84). In 1983, he founded and directed the art magazine FIGURA. Showing regularly in galleries and museums since 1986, his work has been included in important group exhibitions at selected institutions such as: Kunstverein Hamburg, Stuttgart and Frankfurt; Fundación La Caixa, Madrid; XLII Venice Biennial, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid; Musée d´Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris; FRAC Rhone- Alpes, Lyon; Staatliche Kunsthalle, Berlin; Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, Copenhaguen and Museo Rufino Tamayo, México.
In 1993 he moved to New York City where he studied film at New York University and ‘Film/Video Arts’ (1995-1998) expanding his body of work and initiating a new philosophy towards his practice. Years later he would receive his degree in Audiovisual Communication at the Carlos III University of Madrid in 2008.
Recognizing Paneque’s unique ability to critically observe aspects of society, in 2012 he was awarded the prestigious Fundación Botín Art Fellowship for EL REVÉS, for a project to be conducted in southern Spain and Manila. A museum exhibition of his work was held at the CAAC Seville in March 2014.
Outside his diverse art practice, Paneque established AL AZAR, an editorial agency specialized in books and projects.