What is to be done?
A gallery has become a space of sacred objects holding certain cultural sanctity. It has become a place where works of artists are consecrated and valued if deemed worthy of our veneration. In Nilo Ilarde’s "What is to be done?," he offers a counterpoint as he desecrates the walls and allows them to become his accomplices to reveal its own past and to reconstitute an apparent present. His collection of discarded art materials from other artists along with pile of scraps and remnants of past exhibitions are turned into showcased relics, placing question on their materiality and what have been born out of their existence.
What is there to be done in art? – persists as an age-old question from people long gone and serves as a dialogue, a call to action to every contemporary artist. In Ilarde’s case, he refuses to be unafraid, to take the missteps and unearth the sacred art ground. As the proverb retold in Francis Bacon’s essay in 1625, “If the hill will not come to Mohamet, Mohamet will come to the hill.”