Filipino artist showcases ‘recycled’ coral reefs in Mongolia

/ 07:14 PM June 13, 2017

Francis Sollano’s art installation at the 2nd Ulaanbaatar International Media Art Festival in Mongolia. Contributed photo.

A young Filipino artist showed off his art and environmental advocacy at the 2nd Ulaanbaatar International Media Art Festival in Mongolia over the weekend.

Cebu-based Francis Sollano is the first Filipino to have been invited to exhibit his work at the festival, which kicked off on June 9 at the National Art Gallery of Mongolia.


Contributed photo.

Sollano told INQUIRER.net that he is the youngest among the international artists participating in the event.

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His installation, titled “Traces of Anthropocene or Life?” features a five-meter installation created from hundreds of plastic bottles and is made to look like coral tubules.

Contributed photo.

Sollano said his work shows how marine life is suffering because of “human traces” or trash.

The 30-year old artist had in the past used recycled materials to create dresses and participate in international fashion and art festivals

During the recent World Economic Forum on Asean in Cambodia, his exhibit of “trashion” dresses caught the attention of President Rodrigo Duterte. JE

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President Rodrigo Duterte meets Cebu City-based artist Francis Sollano, the lone artist featured during the two-day World Economic Forum on Asean in Cambodia last May 2017. File photo from Malacañang.

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