Alfredo and Isabel Aquilizan

Husband and wife duo Alfredo and Isabel Aquilizan emigrated to Australia in 2006 – an event which became integral to their artistic practices. Their work speaks of community, personal experience, memory, and displacement, alongside the emotional and psychological affects of migration. The Aquilizans often use culturally-significant objects as metaphors of the ‘lived experience’. In 2006, they exhibited Project Belonging: In Transit at the Biennale of Sydney; made with traditional balikbayan boxes used by Filipinos to ship their belongings around the world, the installation evoked the couple’s voyage to Australia. This work evolved into Project Another Country: Address (2008), made of the contents of 140 balikbayan boxes, each carefully packed and curated with personal items. The Aquilizans have since produced several works involving the local community, employing donated materials and creating complex installations from objects of significance


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