Exhibit, Museum, UP Vargas Museum, West Wing Gallery (Edge)

Tru-Colors: A Visual Experience on Contemporary Philippine Realities

Tru – Colors

A Visual Experience on Contemporary Philippine Realities

6 May – 14 June 2008

The Edge Gallery

UP Vargas Museum

Roxas Avenue, UP Diliman, QC

To commemorate the International Labor Day, the UP Jorge B. Vargas Museum & Filipiniana Research Center will open Tru-Colors: A Visual Experience on Contemporary Philippine Realities at the Edge Gallery on 06 May 2008, 5:00 PM. This exhibit pays tribute to the workers’ movement in the Philippines that continue to shape the country’s history and its contemporary socio-cultural and political challenges.

It has been the tradition of social realists to mount an exhibit every Labor Day. This year, the exhibit will highlight different shades of colors that characterize class stratification in Philippine society. Led by Prof. Neil Doloricon of the UP College of Fine Arts, the exhibit features various works of noted artists such as Antipas Delotavo, Federico Dominguez, Jose Tence Ruiz, Renato Habulan, Manny Garibay, Pablo Baens Santos, Ed Manalo, Aga Francisco, Carlos “Totong” Francisco Jr., Chitoy Zapata, Arturo Sanches Jr., Michael de Guzman, Iggy Rodriguez, Addrein Silanga, Medeo Cruz, Jason Valenzuela, Le-an Jasul, among others.

Using colors as metaphor—Cory’s yellow, Erap’s Orange, Hunyango. Sanctimonious White. Darck Evil, Military Camouflage. Militant Red, Tru-Colors seeks to portray the varied hues of current socio-cultural values spawned by the impact of neo-liberal waves upon a receding land of crisis, corruption, and decay—and an embattled people.

TRU-COLORS translates the various layers of colors that evoke harmony and contrast – the primary and the secondary – which are basic contradictions of society. Color characteristics like hot and cool, vibrant and drab, speak of common traits and temperaments among us.

TRU-COLORS suggests the various political stands of major players who continue to dominate the political landscape of our society.

TRU-COLORS will run until 14 June 2008. This exhibit is also made possible by the UP Diliman Office for the Initiatives in Culture and the Arts.

For more details about the exhibition, please contact the UP Vargas Museum at tel. nos. 928-1927 (direct line), 981-8500 locals 4021 to 24, 928-1925 (fax) or via e-mail at vargasmuseum@gmail.com.

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About Jorge B. Vargas Museum

It aims to preserve its collection donated by Jorge B. Vargas and conducts research, exhibitions, publications, and educational programs. The Vargas Museum and Filipiniana Research Center houses a museum, archives, and library devoted to the Philippine history, art, and culture from the late 19th century until the post-war era. Its main beneficiaries are students, faculty, researchers and scholars of the Philippines and Asia.

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