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Lupa: Struggle for Land

Lupa: Struggle for Land
08 January – 09 February 2013
GF Lobby

Opening this January at the Vargas Museum is Lupa: Struggle for Land – a group exhibition by progressive Filipino artists, artist collectives and non-traditional media practitioners reflecting on the question of land.

Comprising works in various media made by two generations of visual artists, Lupa: Struggle for Land weighs on the states of oppression and exploitation that the peasantry—the country’s most populous social sector—faces. The exhibit looks back on the decades of landlessness, usury, land grabbing by both the colonial and native elite, natural resource plunder, and worsening poverty and their effects on society and the generations to come.

Neil Doloricon, Kalbaryo ng Anak Pawis, 2010, Oil on canvas

Neil Doloricon, Kalbaryo ng Anak Pawis, 2010, Oil on canvas

The exhibit is a follow-up initiative to an earlier show entitled Kapital: Tribute to Labor, held in 2010 also at the Vargas Musuem. Kapital explored the tenuous relationships between worker and capitalist, labor and globalization, subject and empire. The two exhibitions attempt to continue the reflection on how both land and capital are historically connected and inseparable from the current state of social unrest and the people’s long-term aspirations for development.

Participating artists include Buen Calubayan, Ted Camahalan, Neil Doloricon, Boy Dominguez, Ang Gerilya, Renato Habulan, Gene de Loyola, Nikki Luna Renan Ortiz, Iggy Rodriguez, Jose Tence Ruiz, Pablo Baen Santos, Manolo Sicat, Mel Vera Cruz, Chitoy Zapata. The show is curated by Renan Ortiz.

Lupa: Struggle for Land runs until February 9 at the Ground Floor Lobby of the Vargas Museum. For more information, please contact Vargas Museum at +632 928-1927 (direct line), +63 981-8500 loc. 4024 (UP trunkline), +63 928-1925 (fax) or send an e-mail to vargasmuseum@gmail.com.

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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DANCING THE SHRIMP
(The Tactical Improvisation of Post Colonial Space Mix) 
JON CUYSON
1F Galleries
11 August – 15 September 2016 
The Vargas Museum is pleased to present Dancing The Shrimp (The Tactical Improvisation of Post Colonial Space Mix) opening on August 11, 2016 at 4 pm at 1F Galleries. The exhibition features Jon Cuyson’s new works of fragmented installations that combine painting, sculpture, sound, photography, performance and scenography. Jon Cuyson transforms the entire ground floor of the Vargas Museum into a space in flux, slipping between abstraction, figuration, ready made, still life and movement. Cuyson is interested in the appropriation and re appropriation of found texts, images and objects and their underlying social and psychological significations through the insertion of fiction and personal subjectivities as a means of destabilizing our perception of time, memory and space. 
The artist’s investigation of the 19th century Filipino settlement in the bayous of Louisiana led him to an image of settlers laboring under the sun removing shrimp shells using their feet referred to as “Dancing The Shrimp”. This found document serves as the point of departure for the exhibition. Interwoven in the exhibition is the narrative of the fictional character ‘”Kerel”, a trans Filipino seafarer who travels back and forth time further complicating our understanding of the mechanisms of the past with the present, authenticity and invention. Dancing The Shrimp (The Tactical Improvisation of Post Colonial Space Mix) brings together Jon Cuyson’s interest in the relationship between history, impermanence, migration, and identity formation. 
Born and educated in the Philippines, Jon Cuyson has participated in exhibitions in New York and Europe since 2004. His works employ different techniques and media including texts, photographs, drawings, artist books, paintings and installations. Jon Cuyson received a MFA from Columbia University in New York City in 2010 and currently lives and works in Manila, Philippines. 
For more information, please contact Vargas Museum at (+632) 928-1927 (direct line), (+632) 981-8500 loc. 4024 (UP trunk line). We congratulate Paulo Vinluan for being shortlisted for the Ateneo Art Awards 2016. Vinluan presented "See Waves" at the 1F Galleries of Vargas Museum last May-June 2015. Photos of "See Waves" can be viewed at http://bit.ly/2ahGppH. More information about Ateneo Art Awards can be found at http://ateneoartgallery.org/ateneo-art-awards/. Happening now at the Vargas Museum: J Pacena's Artist Presentation Artist Presentation on Saturday, July 9 at 2:30pm. Activity is free and open to the public. Pre-register via vargasmuseum@gmail.com. Schedule advisory: We are closed on July 6, 2016, Wednesday, for Eidl Fitr. Regular operations resume on July 7, Thursday. The "Perya" group show organized by CANVASph is on its fourth week and will be on view until July 9, 2016. Visiting days and hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 9am-5pm

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