Orange project Bacolod is currently exhibiting one of their biggest all-female group show titled "Not Another Mother and Child." The exhibition features 13 Negrense artists: Faye Aleya Abantao, Moreen Austria, Guenivere Decena, Katarina Estrada, Olive Gloria, Katrina Broce Gonzaga, Elwah Gonzalez, Emilyn Loreno, Erika Mayo, Alexandria Mesias, Megumia Miura, Angela Silva and Josephine Turalba.
September 21, 2017, the 45th anniversary of the declaration of Martial Law in the country, became a Day of Protest. Several protests called for an end to tyranny and extrajudicial killings. The normalization of extrajudicial killings linked to the government’s war on drugs has been alarming, to say the least, but shows no signs of abating. Recently, the proposed budget next year for the Commission on Human Rights was slashed down to a mere Php1000, rendering the Commission useless. Now, more than ever, it is vital for people to speak out and express their views about the issues we are facing today. Art can be used as an outlet and platform to speak truth to power. Social Realist stalwarts such as Antipas Delotavo, Jose Tence Ruiz, Pablo Baen Santos, Renato Habulan and others sought to expose the true conditions of society. The new generation of young artists today can hopefully continue what the Social Realists started and carry the torch. Here, we look at artworks that tackle and even critique Philippine society and politics.
Lent is the forty days of repentance that begins on Ash Wednesday and leads towards Easter and the Resurrection. By observing Lent, Christians remember the forty days Christ spent in the wilderness as he was tempted by the Devil. Symbols such as the crucifix, where Christ died for our sins, have become ways Christians can identify with the suffering and pain that leads to salvation.
It is in this light that Galerie Raphael observed the Lenten season through the staging of a group exhibition that celebrates Christ’s triumph over death through its depiction in visual art. Renowned sculptor Eduardo Castrillo – famous for his People’s Power Monument along EDSA – has long created and crafted scenes of the crucifix. Well-known painter Jovan Benito reverentially depicted scenes of Christ’s Passion and the spirit of Lent. And contemporary artist Toym Imao – son of the late National Artist Abdulmari Imao – and sculptor Ram Mallari articulated the message of Christ to a new generation of believers. Running at Galerie Raphael from March 24 to April 1, the exhibit, entitled Lent, joined the entire nation in the celebration of Holy Week and the conclusion of Lent.
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