Selected Essays

‘Art for All’
intern, May 2018
For fine art graduates, the art market can seem impenetrable. Natasha Arselan wants to change that with her new platform AucArt which aims to bring early-career artists and collectors together. Sai Villafuerte reports.

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‘In the Heat of a Conversation with Arturo Soto’
Oxford Urbanists, April 2018
Sai Villafuerte speaks to Mexican photographer, Arturo Soto, about his debut photobook In the Heat and what it means to negotiate our place in a city.

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‘For a less divided art world’
Medium, January 2018
Art has a bad reputation. They say you have to ‘get’ art to be a part of it and those who don’t ‘get’ it are not a part of it. This is problematic because once this understanding penetrates at the cerebral level, it becomes a social issue.

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‘Rodrigo Duterte: The Double-Edged Sword’
The Huffington Post, August 2016
The Philippine president’s unconventional approach to politics has split the country into two. This fine line can either make or break the country.

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‘The Hard Fruits of Labour’
The Huffington Post, July 2017
At a time of great precarity, the world’s youth can be a major agent for change.

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‘Shifting paradigms in Filipino Design’
Purveyr (Issue 3), April 2017
As the middle-class expands, the demand for better design becomes increasingly apparent. This essay uses the Philippines as a case in point.

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‘Pedal Politics’
BikeVibe London, March 2017
London cycling has become an incredibly politicised topic. In this essay, Sai Villafuerte examines the city’s cycling culture.

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