Toqa Twinflame Island Museum
IN COLLABORATION WITH WWF PHILIPPINES’ “AYOKO NG PLASTIK” CAMPAIGN, CENON AT MAV, AND TARZEER PICTURES. GALLERY IMAGES BY CENON AT MAV (CENON NORIAL III AND MAV BERNARDO) & OPENING NIGHT IMAGERY FROM WWF PHILIPPINES.
FEATURED IN ADOBO MAGAZINE’S MARCH PRINT ISSUE.
We partnered with WWF to stage a fully functional public ‘museum’, centering our circular economy of fabric scraps & contextualizing our sustainable production practices in contrast to industrial fashion’s environmental abuse. We sought maximum accessibility by virtue of intersectional media & the use of Tagalog & English.
Each room featured a different embodiment of basahan tela (Toqa’s signature patchworked fabric scraps): from abstract definition to tactile manipulation & the facsimile of a home setting. The TV room install looped “ToqaTV”, an amalgamation of actual nationally aired TV footage of our work with fictionalized narratives and BTS. Morgan Freeman, our narrator, repeated the perennial question, “what do you think when you hear the words island girl?”
We performed for the duration of the show, comprising guided museum tours and a working gift shop. We designed staff uniforms, each outfit differentiated by job type. We authored our own ecosystem of commerce & entertainment.
A weeklong performance piece comprising guided museum tours & a fully functioning Museum Shop. Museum staff pictured below.