Clarissa Chikiamco


Clarissa Chikiamco is a curator at National Gallery Singapore. Exhibitions at National Gallery she has co-curated include Between Declarations and Dreams: Art of Southeast Asia since the 19th Century, A Fact Has No Appearance: Art Beyond the Object and Between Worlds: Raden Saleh and Juan Luna. Prior to moving to Singapore, Chikiamco worked as an independent curator in Manila, Philippines. She was the acquisition curator for the Ateneo Art Gallery’s inaugural collection of video art and co-founded the festival End Frame Video Art Project which ran for 3 editions until 2013. She also curated video art exhibitions for Cinema Rehiyon, the Philippine regional film festival, in 2012.



Chikiamco is currently a PhD student in Film Studies at King’s College London, writing her thesis on the history of Philippine artists’ moving image from the 1960s to the early 2000s.

1. Clarissa Chikiamco, “Delving into Philippine artists’ moving image: The extraordinary moment is no longer and not yet,” Ctrl+P: Journal of Contemporary Art, Issue 19, December 2019, 21-25.
2. Clarissa Chikiamco, “The moving image is a means for revolution,” [profile on Kiri Dalena] in Katalog der 65 Internationalen Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen (Oberhausen: Internationale Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen, 2019), 272-275.
3. Clarissa Chikiamco, “Video Art,” in Cultural Center of the Philippines Visual Arts Encyclopaedia (Manila: Cultural Center of the Philippines, 2018), 306-308.
4. Clarissa Chikiamco, “With New Eyes: The Struggle for Philippine Art, 1948-1969,” in Purissima Benitez-Johannot, ed., The Life and Times of Purita Kalaw-Ledesma (Quezon City: Vibal Foundation, Inc., 2017), 84-121.
5. Clarissa Chikiamco, “Johnny Manahan: Making ‘Marks’ and Leaving ‘Evidences’: The Art of Johnny Manahan 1971-82,” in Clarissa Chikiamco, Russell Storer and Adele Tan, eds., A Fact Has No Appearance (Singapore: National Gallery Singapore, 2016), 17-25.