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Laya Boquiren

PhD, Art History

Laya Boquiren has straddled various curatorial typologies in the Philippines – independent practice, commercial gallery, and state-run cultural institution. Boquiren started her career as curatorial consultant for Gallery Genesis, known for the finest aquarelle collection and an extensive list of masterpieces from turn of the century, modern, and contemporary periods. Boquiren has also served as curatorial consultant for the forthcoming Museo de Intramuros, known for an extensive collection of cultural properties from the Spanish colonial to the American Commonwealth period. In 2015, she co-curated the Philippine leg of the international traveling exhibition called “Field Trip Project Asia” under a grant from the Japan Foundation. Boquiren is a PhD candidate, with a Master of Arts in Art History from the University of the Philippines Diliman.

Under a grant from the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women Initiative, she was selected to participate in a short-focused program on Advanced Media Strategies at the Institute of Media and Entertainment in New York and a program on Managing the Creative Industries at the Keio University in Japan.

She currently teaches Art History and Theory courses for Humanities students as a faculty member of the Arts Department at the University of Asia and the Pacific. She has authored two books under Vibal Publications and a forthcoming book on Wilfredo Tadeo Layug.