One of the events I have been preparing for since last month is an all-women group show organized by Altro Mondo in celebration of Women’s Month. It is my pleasure and honor to be a part of this event, exhibiting alongside prominent women artists.
If you’re around Manila and if you have nothing scheduled yet for this coming Thursday night, do drop by!
Altro Mondo – Arte Contemporanea celebrates Women’s Month this March with a group show by established and up-and-coming women artists based here and abroad. Billed “Women on Women,” the show will mount paintings, sculptures, installations, and mixed media works by Agnes Arellano, Imelda Cajipe-Endaya, Valeria Cavestany, Marika Constantino, Jenny Cortes, Lina Llaguno-Ciani, Delphine de Lorme, Sheen Ochavez, Katrina Pallon, Christina Quisumbing Ramilo, and Lydia Velasco.
“Women on Women” opens on Thursday, March 8 at 6:00 pm at Altro Mondo. A poetry reading session will be held during the reception, featuring award-winning and oft-published writers Mabi David, Daryll Delgado, Nikka Osorio, Faye Cura, Petra Magno, and more. The reading will comprise of poetry, short prose, and other performances inspired by the works in the show.
The following are excerpts from the exhibit notes written by Adjani Arumpac:
A group show with a full roster of women artists — a group show that calls attention to womanhood, to gender. Such focus on the subject matter poses but a couple of concerns. For instance: how can the artist claim her space of art production and recognition without over-determining gender, without assuming an alienating omnipotence, without conjuring the defensive/oppressive male/female conjunction — and all while keeping form at par with content?
These inquiries seem to be directed to the space inhabited by the production of art, rife as it is with limitations imposed by Superstructure conditionings. “Women on Women” is study on the possible ways and means to address these inquiries, the challenge, the concerns of art that explores and celebrates gender — womanhood, in this case — and its varied cultural significations.
“Women on Women” explores these traces of movement of the artists to look into and search for unbounded spaces wherein free inquiry into the underlying social processes can be genuinely facilitated. Places—liberally defined here as status, situation, identification — is redundant in the modern world, wherein circulation is a necessity for survival, where everywhere is a compound of overlapping mobilities. To erase place is to negotiate the paralyzing urgencies imposed by the body, community, home, and affections. It enables the artist to determine oppressive tamings and from these deductions, create works that are more self-reflexive. To truly determine constructions of identities and affinities to better inform and innovate works, women artists must continue to find the female in between addresses, in transit.
My piece for the exhibit is a 4 feet x 4 feet oil painting of a tattooed tribal belly dancer poised against a grim yet colorful background, replete with flora, skulls, and butterflies. She wears an ornate headdress comprised of roses, plum blossoms, Indian jewellery, peacock feathers, and cowry shells. Romani women, apsaras, and belly dancers have recently become my favorite painting subjects, so you can expect more pieces akin to this in my future shows. This piece serves as a preview to what I have in store for my new series of paintings that I will reveal at “Tattoo My Colors,” my two-man show with Ponj Roco, which has been moved to April 14.
I shall end this post with the above posted selected details of my painting. There is a lot to take in so it’s best to see the work in person, in all its 4 feet x 4 feet glory. For inquiries, call 501-32-70–71, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit their website at www.altromondo.com.ph.