Alfredo and Isabel Aquilizan
  • Extraction of Piña fibre, Visayas, Philippines, 2019. Courtesy of the artists.

  • Courtesy of the artists.

  • Courtesy of the artists.


Alfredo and Isabel Aquilizan


Late 2020

IMA Belltower at the Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts


Alfredo and Isabel Aquilizan create large-scale artworks that engage with ideas of home, family, memory, sustainability, migration, and Australia–Asia relations. The husband and wife team create collaborative installations where these notions can be processed and explored, using materials and objects that are embedded with cultural, historical, and social narratives.

In this exhibition, a new focus on textile and fibre traditions expands on the Aquilizan’s existing practice. Emblematic of their collective and community-centred approach to making, the duo have engaged weavers from different parts of the Philippine archipelago to share traditional textiles representative of place, including piña cloth made from the leaves of pineapple plants. The installation created by these intricately woven materials becomes a space for story-telling, exchange, and connection.

Curated By
  • Freja Carmichael
Artist Bio
Alfredo and Isabel Aquilizan

Alfredo and Isabel Aquilizan and their family moved from the Philippines to Australia in 2006. Drawing on their experiences of displacement and moving between places and cultures, their collaborative artworks engage with ideas of migration, diaspora, belonging, and memory. Their art practice spans over 20 years, in which they have shown in numerous exhibitions and biennales throughout Australia and internationally. Their work has been featured in the Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art, Queensland Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art; the Biennale of Sydney; the Singapore Biennale; and the Venice Biennale among others. Their project In-habit: Project Another Country, was shown at the Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation, Sydney in 2012, the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art in Kanazawa, Japan, and travelled to venues throughout regional Queensland and New South Wales (2013–2019).

Curator Bio

Freja Carmichael is a Ngugi woman and curator belonging to the Quandamooka People of Moreton Bay. She works broadly across the cultural sector with artists and communities on projects with a focus on collaborative curatorial approaches and the promotion and preservation of First Nations fibre knowledge. Carmichael recently curated Weaving the Way, The University of Queensland Art Museum (2019), Seeing Country, Redland Art Gallery (2019) and Around and within, Macquarie Group Collection space gallery (2018) and was a co-curator of The Commute, Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane (2018) and its follow on iterations as The Layover, Artspace Aotearoa (2019) and Transits and Returns, Vancouver Art Gallery (2020). Currently, Freja is curator IMA Belltower at the Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts and also works as an independent curator, writer and arts worker.

We acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the lands where the IMA now stands. We pay our respect to Elders past, present, and emerging.