Roberto Chabet Rodriguez (1937-2013)

Photo by MM Yu

In his notes to the exhibition, Regarding Place, No Place, exactly 17 years since it opened at the Art Center in SM Megamall, Roberto Chabet wrote, ‘Art implies place. It depicts space, exists in space, and is perceived in space. Placement, location is central in art. The artist stakes out territories, establishes boundaries, or represents a sense of place. This sense of place is the artist’s sense of self.’

On his work, he wrote, ‘My sense of place is literal – the exhibition space and the virtual spaces generated by my installation. Though seemingly non-referential, the work alludes to geography – or geographies.’ (source: Asia Art Archive)

Chabet: A Collective Memory by Ringo Bunoan and her reflection on the series of exhibitions from 2011-2102. (courtesy of

Pier and Ocean, 1996. Plywood, Acrylic, Hinges, 243 x 84 cm x 670.56 cm x 365.76 cm. (photo credit: manila art blogger)