20 - 23 March 2019

Booth A2 Ronald Ventura Solo Show

For Art Dubai 2019 Primo Marella Gallery is pleased to present a special Solo show by Ronald Ventura.


Ronald Ventura is one of the leading voices in South East Asia Contemporary art.


“Ronald Ventura is one of the most prolific names in Filipino contemporary art right now (...) he has captured the public (both locally and internationally) consciousness: his creation of a body of works that baits the imagination to explore histories, the indeterminate vagaries of nature and the capriciousness of post modern culture”


Art critic Tan Boon Hau




 “Territorial crossing”






A territory implies exclusivity over a realm, and in an increasingly global community, to cross such territory resonates as transcending limits and boundaries, moving freely between worlds. Ronald Ventura will interprets for Art Dubai “Territorial Crossing” as a state in contemporary society in which long-held binaries are collapsing, hybridities emerging, wide spectrums being embraced, and comfortable distinctions and categories being blurred and conflated. Using metaphorical imagery and direct references, the brand new works will comment on the transformation of social norms, values, standards and ideals in various aspects of contemporary life, from technology, popular culture, and mass media, to lifestyle and personal expressions.


Several tropes recurring in the artist’s repertoire will express the idea of dichotomy dissolution and unsettling of clear-cut divides where human lives have long been anchored. In standards of beauty and physical perfection, digital technology in the mass media and advances in cosmetic surgery have blurred the lines between the natural and the artificial. Man’s relationship with animals and instances where distinctions between the two species seem to fade will be probed in works that portray humans morphing into animal forms, and animals exhibiting human-like gestures. The struggle of individual freedom of choice and how it challenged social standards are dealt with in pieces that celebrate contemporary fashion as self-expression, and love that defies conventions on gender and sexuality. What emerges in the collection of Ronald Ventura’s images is a world where black and white conceptions are reversing and are being punctured by a spilling of diverse colors. It is a world of crossing limits, breaking into new grounds, and leaping into a new era of existence.