Enzo Camacho & Ami Lien
Offerings for Escalante

Opening: 23 Apr 2024, 6-9 pm
Location: More information soon.

Enzo Camacho & Ami Lien, Langit Lupa, 2023, film still, courtesy the artists.

Offerings for Escalante is the first major institutional exhibition of the artist duo Enzo Camacho & Ami Lien in Europe. It marks the artists' most ambitious project to date and stems from their long-term field research on the plantation island Negros in the Philippines. Centering around a newly commissioned essay film Langit Lupa (Heaven and Earth), the project wishes to explore topics ranging from food sovereignty, environmental justice, to remembrance and mourning in the face of immense political violence. With a material-based visual language that draws abstraction from plant life, the exhibition connects regional struggles and experiences to a broader framework of global geopolitical flows, in search of common articulations of resistance and care.

Enzo Camacho (*1985, Philippines) and Ami Lien (*1987, USA) are an artist duo based between New York, Manila and Berlin. For more than twelve years, Camacho and Lien have developed a unique collaborative practice that transports intimate experiences of struggle and resistance in the Philippines onto a broader framework of global geopolitical flows. Addressing localised iterations of labor and capital with regard to the post-colonial conditions in Southeast Asia, their projects often involve long periods of field research and full immersion in community lives, during which they identify and articulate points of tension that seek to unsettle the manipulation and appropriation of life in the name of profit and progress. Together, they have shown at the Kunstverein Freiburg, Green Papaya Art Projects, the Brunei Gallery at SOAS University of London, NTU Center for Contemporary Art, Manifesta 13, the 5th New Museum Triennial, the 39th EVA Art Biennial, and the 10th Asia Pacific Triennial. They have published texts with the Walker Art Center and MoMA. They received their Masters in Fine Arts from the HfBK, Hamburg and their Bachelors from Harvard University. From 2019-2023, they were Graduate Fellows at the University of the Arts, Berlin.

Langit Lupa, a film by Enzo Camacho and Ami Lien, is co-commissioned by Para Site, Hong Kong, CCA Berlin, Glasgow International, and MoMA PS1, New York.