In support to the COVID-19 response in the Philippines, The Japan Foundation, Manila realigned our SUKI magazine to feature COVID-19 experiences and stories from artists and practitioners whom we have worked with throughout the years.
We asked artists, academics, cultural workers, and practitioners from all over the Philippines to share with our readers how their practice has possibly changed or transformed, since the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic and the start of the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ). You can also learn more about the various fundraisers, initiatives, and campaigns that our contributors have launched or participated in, to address the needs of frontliners, artists, and ordinary people in their communities.
The question of local, national, and international collaboration is also heavy in our minds. How can we find ways to collaborate beyond borders? How do we overcome difficulties especially regarding digital literacy and internet accessibility? These are questions that some of our contributors have also discussed in their stories. As we work towards a new norm in such a strenuous and unpredictable time, hopefully this online edition of SUKI could shed light to the experiences of people on the ground, inspire new ideas for fruitful collaboration, and also offer insight to how we can address challenges beyond the quarantine.
SUKI Cover Design and Illustration by Janina Guerrero