Ringo Bunoan, Little Deaths; Bridges, 2008. Wooden pallets. Courtesy MO_Space
Established in response to the shifting climate of alternative art spaces in Manila, MO_Space is nonprofit and artist-run. It intended for an extended life span and higher visibility of the young conceptual practices of artists, which was then difficult to position in a market-driven climate. Caught in a time when art gallery spots were obviously decalcifying and artist-run spaces evaporating, MO_Space managed to introduce a sustainable structure that endured the unstable circumstances between the two prominent facets of the Filipino art community then. It originally comprised one exhibition space spanning 220 square meters; in late 2010, however, a project room was added to accommodate individual proposals that need to be undertaken on a more limited and intimate scale.
MO_Space sees the role of artist-as-curator as a person who looks at an exhibition space as a specific site and draws out problems and directions of contemporary Filipino art installation, painting, photography, and video. It strongly encourages the reach, depth, and range of contemporary expression that traverse broad spectra of visual dialogue and critical correspondence, nagging instincts, introspective musings, and forceful assertions. MO_Space has exhibited—and continues to provide—an open platform for established and emerging artists practicing within a distinctly conceptual framework and through collaboration.