Glasgow International Festival of Contemporary Art

Offerings for Escalante

A group of children walk through a sugar plantation field. Each carries a different item. The lead child carries a ring of barbed wire.  Another child carries a machete for cutting sugar.
A black background with an embroidered design of a heart with butterflies within it.
A black background with an embroidered design resembling a volcano.
A photo of an outdoor landscape of a field with long grass and a hill in the distance.
Dates and Opening times

Fri 7 June - Sun 1 September 
Mon - Thu & Sat, 10am - 5pm
Fri & Sun, 11am - 5pm


Gallery of Modern Art 
111 Queen Street
Royal Exchange Square
G1 3AH

Presented by

Glasgow International with Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA).

The central film, titled Langit Lupa, is co-commissioned with Para Site Hong Kong, CCA Berlin – Centre for Contemporary Arts, and MoMA PS1

Supported by

Commissioned by Glasgow International with presentation support from Glasgow Museums. Additional support from British Council Biennials Connect and John Galvin Design.


Good access: The venue has ramped or level access and/or lifts to access upper floors

Toilets: The venue has toilets available for visitors

Accessible Toilets: The venue has a wheelchair-accessible toilet

Refreshments: There is a café or somewhere you can purchase refreshments

Baby Change: The venue has baby change facilities 

Offerings for Escalante is an exhibition of new work by the artist duo Enzo Camacho and Ami Lien, building on their long-term research concerning the island of Negros in the Philippines. Occupying a gallery originally built in the 19th century as a trade exchange, the exhibition features an hour-long experimental documentary, a 16mm film animation, drawings on handmade paper, and a light-based installation.

Enzo and Ami have a collaborative practice that addresses forms of resistance within globalised economies of labour, particularly in the context of Southeast Asia. Their recent work has centered on Negros, an island dominated by a plantation-based sugar industry built on the Spanish colonial ‘hacienda’ system and dependent on the monopolistic control of land and the exploitation of seasonal labour. This industry emerged in the mid-19th Century, driven by a Glasgow-based company seeking to import Scottish textiles to the Philippines and export cheap sugar.

Offerings for Escalante is an act of remembrance, focusing on the 1985 Escalante Massacre, a horrific episode of state violence against protesting farm workers in Negros during the regime of Ferdinand Marcos (1972-1986). Enzo and Ami interweave testimonials, organic materials and iconographies from Negros to shed light on the significance of collective mourning in the fight for food sovereignty and land justice. The artists see the exhibition as a source for collaboration and alliance-building across global land and labour struggles.