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Mainit Fantasy

Saluhan Collective x Liquid Architecture

Presented in Season 1 2024

World Premiere
Presented by Arts House

Saturday 24 February
9:00pm – 11:00pm
Doors 8.30pm
120 minutes

Please note this is an 18+ event. Guests under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian

Standard $35 
Reduced $20 
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Arts House
North Melbourne Town Hall
521 Queensberry St,
North Melbourne

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Bringing together the creative forces of Saluhan Collective and Liquid Architecture, Mainit Fantasy is a one-night curated spectacle of sweet and salty art, sound and performance. 

Working in sound, installation, video and live performance, Filipinx artists from the Kulin and Eora Nations — Catherine Ortega-Sandow, Del Lumanta, Kenneth Suico, Mariam Ella Arcilla (Magenta House), MJ Flamiano, Neil Cabatingan (Kuya Neil), Ranima Montes, and Raquel Solier (Various Asses) — come together to present newly commissioned works across Arts House

Join the artists for Mainit Fantasy, a one-night curated spectacle of sweet and salty art, sound, and performance. At 9pm, Mariam Ella Arcilla presents an aperitif of A mango is shaped like a heart, but its own heart is a stone, a new video installation and reading. Then at 9.30pm, join our Venus, Kenneth Suico for a voyeuristic rendition of the Pointer Sisters in a steamy clam. At 10pm, descend on the smokey basement for a tropical refreshment and back-to-back DJ sets by the Holy Trinity of Kuya Neil x Del Lumanta x Various Asses, presenting their rendition of experimental club meets NuMetal, prepped for the dancefloor. 

Be sure to pack your sweatrag.  

This event is a part of Mainit Illusion, a multidisciplinary exhibition informed by voyeurism and the post-paradise palate of the Philippines. 


About the artists

MJ Flamiano
MJ Flamiano is a visual artist and creative producer with roots in Central Luzon and the Western Visayas. Through her practice of drawing, printmaking, and writing, she endeavours to present critical and often playful investigations into sites and their cultural significance. Since 2021, she has been making art in more collective ways and shares a creative partnership with Catherine Ortega-Sandow through joint leadership of Saluhan and Pagbasa Archive.

Catherine Ortega-Sandow (she/her)
Catherine Ortega-Sandow is a visual artist and researcher based in Naarm/Melbourne. Interested in the incidental, and often mundane moments of life, Catherine works across textiles, installation and sculpture to create a playful universe filled with the everyday accoutrement.

She is the founder of Pagbasa Archive, and co-leads Saluhan Collective with friend and collaborator MJ Flamiano.

Kenneth Suico
Kenneth Suico is an artist residing and working in naarm/Melbourne. Born in Cebu, Philippines, they jump across a broad range of mediums – such as employing the modes of photography, video, pop-song performance and installation – and have previously shown at Gertrude Contemporary, Seventh, Blindside, Testing Grounds, and CalArts (US).

The common motifs threaded into Suico’s works are acts of repurposing or appropriating what are considered Western-based mythological narratives and imagery, skewing them into their personal history and cultural superstitions.

Suico has recently shifted their focus from their print-based work reminiscent of an early childhood practice of drawing devil horns on faces in the newspapers and magazines – only to have stopped when his Mother likened it to some aspects of Filipino witchcraft – to a performance work as a singing fountain sculpture. Musings from his early childhood memories of sexuality by fluidly integrating his three aunts; Inday, Indit, & Iting, as the Norns, Akira Kurosawa’s adaptation of “Macbeth’s” Wyrd Witches in “Throne of Blood”, and pop trio The Pointer Sisters into a showering chânteur.

Ranima Montes
Ranima Montes is a filmmaker and artist from Eastern Samar, Philippines and so-called Australia. Their practice explores grief through markers of absence, the collective loss of memory over distance, and the preservation of language and story. Ranima is a part of the film collective TEN DAYS (formally Slo Collective). Made with TEN DAYS, their most recent film, ‘The fish that ties its body in knots’ delves into remembering through myth and dreams between three sisters.

‘Mestiza’, their debut short film, premiered at the 2018 Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF). In 2022, Ranima was a recipient of Creative Victoria’s Creators Fund and travelled to the Philippines to research for her debut feature film, ‘Holy Ghost’. Supported by the Ian Potter Cultural Trust, they recently completed a mentorship with Filipina artist, filmmaker and activist, Kiri Dalena. Together they worked on script development for ‘Holy Ghost’.

Mariam Ella Arcilla (she/her)
Raised by a family of artists and creative cooks in Quezon City, Philippines, Mariam Ella Arcilla spent her childhood mixing paint at her father’s studio and selling goods from her family bakery. Today, she works multimodally across community engagement, writing, editing, and producing. Now based on Gadigal land, Mariam collaborates with artists and organisations to turn radiant ideas into programs, publications, and resources. She has staged projects for the Institute of Modern Art, Runway Journal, Powerhouse Museum Sydney, Arts House Melbourne, fine print magazine, 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, Entree.Pinays and Arts Queensland. She has managed ARIs, galleries, independent publications, and knowledge-trading projects since 2006. Her writing is published in Memo Review, Running Dog, Art Guide, and VAULT. Mariam is also the founder of the domestic program Magenta House, which hosts talks, test kitchens, soirées, and reading rooms.

Raquel Solier, Neil Cabatingan and Del Lumanta
Raquel Solier (Various Asses, Mod Con) Neil Cabatingan (Kuya Neil) and Del Lumanta are three musicians based in Naarm (Melbourne) and Gadigal Land (Sydney). Individually, their solo endeavours showcase a range of musical expressions, spanning experimental, electronic, club, footwork, and punk. Coming together for the first time as a band, they embark on a collaborative exploration into the realms of heavy metal.

Image credit: MJ Flamiano, Mainit Fantasy (church of Bulakan, Bulacan), 2024, digital collage.

Image Description: There is a landscape photograph of the front of a light blue church. There is a low fence bordering the building. On the right-hand side there is a road running parallel to the church and a tall brick building with election banner signage hanging from a balcony. The photograph is highly-saturated in the colours of yellow, blue, and green with a grainy texture.  The words ‘*Mainit Fantasy’ are superimposed on the image in red letters with small yellow lines running through each letter. 

*Mainit is a Filipino word meaning hot or humid.