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Placard: Signs of the Times

Placard: Signs of the Times
06-25 July 2011
Basement and museum grounds
Opening: 6 July 2011, 04:00 PM

The University of the Philippines (UP) Vargas Museum, in collaboration with the Concerned Artists of the Philippines (CAP) and the Ugatlahi Artists Collective, presents Placard: Signs of the Times from July 6 to 25, 2011 at the Vargas Museum basement and grounds.

Placard: Signs of the Times collects more than a hundred placards produced by visual artists and people’s organizations: signs and slogans historically used to convey messages and calls for social change. The show examines placards as a form of material culture and as a mobile conveyor of protest.

Kawayan de Guia, "Loose Bawal Movement", 2011, Intermedia

Participating artists are Aba Dalena, Aldrein Silanga, Andrew Florentino, Anna Villena, Ayra Sayat, Bobert Elyas, Boy Dominguez, Boyet de Mesa, Buen Abrigo, Buen Calubayan,  Caloy Gernale, Cat Mendoza, Chino Corrales, Chuckie Calsado, Cian Dayrit, Claro Ramirez, Con Cabrera, Crisanto De Leon, Dennis Bato, Egg Santos, Eleanor De Guzman, Elizabeth Lolarga, Eunice Lacaste, Eshei Mesina, Francis Bejar, Francis Diaz, Ivan Reverente, Imelda Cajipe-Endaya, Jaco Payawal, Janus Nunez, Jed Nacabuan, Jessie Mondares, Jimuel Magat, JL Burgos, Joel Quiñones, Johnny Manajo, Jucar Raquepo, Joey Cobcobo, Julius Dimanlig, Karen Dematera, Kawayan De Guia, Kiri Dalena, Kirby Roxas, Kuro,  Lec Cruz, Leeroy New, Leslie de Chavez, Lisa Ito, Manolo Sicat, Max Santiago, Mark Bardinas, Mervin Pimentel, Mideo Cruz, Mity de la Pena, Neil Doloricon, Nikki Luna, Odoi Villalon, Piya Constantino, Ralph Guibani, Renan Ortiz, Raquel De Loyola, Rene Jose Bituin, Retired Artist, Shalimar Gonzaga, Tawnie Tantay, Teta Tulay, Tilde Acuna, Vermont Coronel, and Vivian Limpin.

Participating collectives and organizations are AKAP Bata, Anakbayan-UP, Bagong Alyansang Makabayan, Kalikasan People’s Network for the Environment, Center for Environmental Concerns-Philippines, CAP, GABRIELA, HABI-ARTS, Free Ericson Acosta Movement, Migrante, and SABAK San Juan.

The show also marks the closing of People’s Art: Shaping the Society of the Future, a conference of progressive artists, cultural workers, and media practitioners from 5-6 July 2011 at the UP College of Mass Communications, organized by CAP, Habi Arts, and the New York Committee for Human Rights in the Philippines.

These two events are part of the International Festival for People’s Rights and Struggles (IFPRIS), a gathering of peoples from Asia and the Pacific, Africa, North America, Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East to share and learn about new and longstanding threats to the people’s rights, from 5-6 July 2011 at the UP Diliman campus, Quezon City, Philippines.

Placard: Signs of the Times runs up to July 25, 2011. For more information, please contact the Vargas Museum at 928-1927 (direct line) or 981-8500 local 4024 (UP Trunkline), or send an email to


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.


4 thoughts on “Placard: Signs of the Times

  1. hi there, this is a great exhibit! Can anyone tell me which period in Filipino history do the placards date back to? also, I would appreciate greatly if there are more images of collected placards to see on your blog. Would love to see the exhibition online and read the curatorial text for the exhibit even if I am not able to be there.

    Posted by friendlyplacard | July 2, 2011, 10:40 pm

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