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Striking from Below: Pasyon and Revolution

During the early years of the American occupation in the Philippines during the early 1900’s, several religio-political revolutionary groups, which were operating since the reign of the country’s previous colonizer, were sustained and grew in numbers. One of these groups was the Santa Iglesia, a Katipunan-influenced group whose population was concentrated in the Central Luzon […]

Remember and Forget: A Review of To Bind and Unbind | Ninel Constantino

Studying the process of weaving, Ninel Constantino, daughter of renowned historian Renato Constanino, realizes that it resembles how memory works. Weavings are made by the intertwining of threads in two directions – the warp and the weft – metaphorically symbolizing the dynamics of remembering and forgetting. To cope with the limitations of our memory, or […]

Implanting Feminism: A Review of Violence Need Not Be Bloody For It To Be Validated As Such | Nikki Luna

In the three-work exhibition “Violence Need Not Be Bloody For It To Be Validated As Such” at the Finale Art File, artist Nikki Luna attempts to find another layer of discussion on feminism — a topic she has special eye and heart on — in juxtaposition to the political backdrop the country is currently running in. Nikki […]

Articulator of Culture: A Review of Abdulmari Asia Imao | National Artist

Among the descriptions used to describe Sulu-native Abdulmari Asia Imao during the conferment of his National Artist for Visual Arts award, it is ‘articulator of Philippine Muslim art and culture’ which resonates the embodiment of his lifeworks. He is a sculptor, painter, photographer, ceramist, documentary filmmaker, cultural researcher and writer, whose focus is to bring Philippine Muslim heritage […]

Towards Paradise: A Review of For She Loved Fiercely, and She is Well-Loved (2010) by Geraldine Javier

Although a painter by training, Geraldine Javier, a prolific Filipina artist and awardee of the Thirteen Artist Awards of the Cultural Center of the Philippines on 2003, is known for her works making use of a variety of materials — largely organic ones, such as threads, feathers, twigs, and other dead natural specimen. Through the use of […]

‘No Chaos No Party’: Glimpse into the Manila Contemporary Art Scene

It has been almost three decades since the book ‘Conversations on Philippine Art’ by art critic and writer Cid Reyes has been published. It is timely now, given the massive developments in the art practice since the 80’s, to release such book that features interviews and inside correspondences with the artists of the time. This is where the contemporary art book […]