Lopez Museum hosts activist art

Posted at 12/12/09 1:18 AM

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MANILA, Philippines - The Lopez Memorial Museum's latest exhibit offers the public a view of powerful artistic pieces and narratives that are usually left in the margins.

Dubbed "Deleted Scenes", the exhibit features works by contemporary painter Lyle Buencamino; filmmakers Sari Lluch Dalena, Camilla Griggers and Dada Docot; and activist artist Al Manrique.

Among the exhibit's highlights are 3 large-scale paintings by Buencamino, based on photographs from the Lopez Library's archive collection.

It also features some of Manrique's rare works, including a 55-page pen and ink sketchbook called "Book 1: Decadence", where the artist is believed to have illustrated Philippine-American relations during the Marcos era. Manirique was considered a pioneering social realist of his time.

Meanwhile, Manrique's 22-page charcoal drawing book called "Book 2" contains sketches of suffering under Martial Law. Manrique's works are reportedly on loan from his widow Malou Manrique and his son Dio.

There will also be an hour-long film called "Memories of a Forgotten War", by Dalena and Griggers, which tackles personal stories from the Philippine-American war that ran from 1899 to 1902.

Griggers had a Filipino grandmother who was abandoned by her American husband (Griggers's grandfather).

Struggles, dreams

Also, a 30-minute documentary called "Baad ng Pauno (Restless)", directed by Docot, will be shown.

The film follows the story of Docot's aunt and mother, who come all the way from their hometown Nabua in Camarines Sur to Manila (400 kilometers away), for their VISA interview.

The event is considered the fulfillment of a "big dream" for Docot's relatives. The films and visuals exhibited at the museum highlight Filipino struggles in their socio-economic and political landscapes, throughout various historical periods.

"Deleted Scenes" reportedly "calls attention to what gets left out in the process of crafting narratives of presumed fact and proposed fiction", according to a press statement by the museom's curatorial consultant Eileen Legaspi-Ramirez.

The exhibit, which runs until January 9 next year, also puts on display several "seldom shown works" from the museum's archive.

"Deleted Scenes" is part of the annual project called "Zero In" that unites 5 Philippine museums under one theme.

These museums include the Ateneo Art Gallery, Ayala Museum, Bahay Tsinoy, Lopez Memorial Museum and Museo Pambata.

For more information, visit the Lopez Memorial Museum at the ground floor of the Benpres Building, Exchange Road, corner Meralco Avenue, Pasig City or call Fanny at (632) 631-2417. The museum is open from Mondays to Saturdays, 8am to 5pm.