Red Light: The Power of Art in Community Development

Exhibit Dates: October 25th to November 5th 2017

As part of its commitment to fostering meaningful civic engagement, Pineapple Lab provides and encourages its local community access to the Lab’s programs and interactions with arts practitioners. Through creative place making – art, culture, and creativity are the software which initiate transformation and progress in service to the community.

As a local creative hub, Pineapple Lab has dedicated itself in finding innovative ways to showcase the works of Filipino art makers, international artists, and collaborators. This has led Pineapple Lab to intersect with France’s Taverne · Gutenberg, a unique art center that is fast becoming a pace-setter in the City of Lyon. The brainchild of French-Filipina Maïa d’Aboville and French artist Henri Lamy [Art], this creative hub houses a gallery, art studios, a bar, and offers an artist-in-residency program similar to Pineapple Lab. Taverne · Gutenberg explores multi-cultural creativity and synergy, the two elements that propelled these two young and dynamic organizations both established in 2015, to create a bridge between France and the Philippines.

Ugnayan Sa Poblacion opens in Pineapple Lab on October 25, 2017 with a group show entitled Red Light highlighting the power of art in community development. This evening will feature a performance and exhibit by international artists: Henri Lamy [Art]Chufy, Alexandre Beretta, Abdoul K. Seck, in collaboration with celebrated Filipino artists Agnes Arellano and Billy Bonnevie. While this collaboration features a rich interaction between Pineapple Lab and Taverne · Gutenberg, it is also a homecoming of sorts for Maïa d’Aboville who has deep roots in the Philippines, a country also cherished by her husband Henri Lamy. The core of the Taverne · Gutenberg program in the Philippines will also be centered on sharing the organization’s passion for the arts with marginalized communities, by giving free art workshops to their NGO partners specialized in helping street children and youth at risk like Project PearlsVirlanie Foundation PhilippinesStairway Foundation, Inc., and ACAY Philippines – France to name a few.

Creativity has the capacity to empower artists and respond to certain issues, challenge injustices, increase social consciousness, and elicit actions by community members. These create long-term ripples of effects that resonate beyond first impact. Pineapple Lab and Taverne · Gutenberg focuses on the encounters and connections made by Lyon-based artists with their Filipino counterparts – attempting to affect transformative change through artistic expression and engagement.

Taverne · Gutenberg is a creative hub created by Maïa d’Aboville (interactive designer) & Henri Lamy [Art] (international artist) in September 2015. What used to be an abandoned three storey-high apartment building is now transformed into a space of creative exchanges and encounters. It is located in the city-center of Lyon (second biggest city of France).

Since September, the team has quickly grown and now counts 17,000 members, over 400 participating artists, 15 resident artists and a team of young volunteers, passionate about making a difference through art and culture.