Australian-Filipino multimedia collaboration
Kaff-eine collaborated with more than 100 residents of major Filipino slum communities and local Filipino photographers and film makers, Geloy Concepcion, Geric Cruz and Marti Salva, to create an exhibition of charcoal-based works on paper, photographs and a short documentary.
Phoenix was shown at James Makin Gallery in Melbourne from 6 - 15 November 2015, and the Phoenix short documentary was an official selection in the 2016 CineMaralita and Dakila Active Vista Film Festivals.
The exhibition celebrated stories and personalities from the impoverished, often-ignored dumpsite communities of Baseco Compound and Happyland, located within Metro Manila, Philippines. These two communities are home to more than 80,000 residents.
Phoenix invited audiences to step inside these confronting environments and recognise the nuance, pride and strength of these communities.
Proceeds from sales of the collaborative works will be donated to Filipino non-government organisations currently working with the communities.
Phoenix documentary trailer (2015)
Select phoenix media
ABC Radio National and Joel Carnegie, Happyland, 2015. Listen and read here.
Alex McCulloch, The Arts Show, 2015. Listen here.
Alex McCulloch, Exhibition Review: Kaff-eine's Phoenix, 2015. Read here.
BBC World Service and the Space Company, Creative Transformations, 2015. Listen here.
Fluro Digital, Kaff-eine: Raising Awareness for the Forgotten, 2015. Read here.
Mind Food, Capturing the spirit of Manila's slums, 2015. Read here.
Rappler, In hiding street children for APEC, PH gov't violating children's rights, 2015. Read here.
SBS Filipino Radio, Phoenix, bumangon mula Baseco Compound at Happyland, 2015. Listen here.
The Culture Trip, Meet Kaff-eine - One of Melbourne's Best Known Street Artists, 2015. Read here.
The Guardian Australia, In Happyland: the child artists of Manila's 'smokey mountain' slum, 2015. Read here.
The Leader, Thornbury artist creates Phoenix exhibition to document Filipino slum communities, 2015. Read here.
When in Manila, Phoenix: Australian and Filipino artists collaborate with Manila slum communities for an art exhibition to spotlight their creativity and spirit, 2015. Read here.