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UNPREDICTABLE… UNSCRIPTED: Street Photography Exhibition by Filipinos

UNPREDICTABLE... UNSCRIPTED

UP Vargas Museum opens the group exhibition curated by Rick Rocamora titled Unpredictable… Unscripted on February 5, Thursday, 4pm on the 3F Galleries of the museum.

Unpredictable… Unscripted features street photographs of Ateneo Sta. Ines, Jayvee Mataro, Joel Mataro, Rommel Bundalian, Little Wing Luna, Kimpoy del Prado, Ed de Guzman, Gian James Maagad, Xyza Cruz Bacani, Elpidio “Loi Lee” Juan, Jojo Pensica, Leonard G. Reyes, David Mar Quinto, Jomel Bartolome, Ben Molina, Rick Rocamora and Arthur Quejadas II. While there is no single accepted definition of street photography, Rocamora has formulated his own to serve as a personal guide:

“Street photographers are required to have an observant eye and a mind that can see subtleties quickly. It requires patience to wait for the right moment and the right light, and be at the right place at the right time. It requires agility to be in the right position in a split second while being a fly on the wall and almost invisible. To achieve these qualities in street photographs, we have to commune with the elements of the street without disrupting the scene because of our presence, be prepared to handle the consequences of our subjects’ reactions, and most importantly, be alert to those nuggets of the extraordinary. Street photography is unpredictable and unscripted.”

Rocamora conceptualized the idea of putting together an exhibition of street photographs by Filipinos in early 2012 when he, along with Howie Severino of GMA News Online, launched a project to mentor Filipino photographers based overseas and in Metro Manila.

By monitoring posts from social media, Rocamora began giving his insights with other photographers, sharing and suggesting good examples of street photography, and even discovering exceptional photographers such as Xyza Cruz Bacani from Hong Kong. Bacani, whose international career has inspired others to hone their craft, proved Rocamora’s point that through the right support, Filipinos could gain recognition in the global scene.

The exhibition is made possible by Fujifilm Philippines, Robson Darts, Fisherfarm Inc., UP Sigma Rho Fraternity and DAAN.

Unpredictable… Unscripted will run until February 28.

For more information, please contact Vargas Museum at (+632) 928-1927 (direct line), (+632) 981-8500 loc. 4024 (UP trunkline), (+632) 928-1925 (fax) or send an e-mail to vargasmuseum@gmail.com. You may also check our website at http://vargasmuseum.upd.edu.ph/ or like us at http://www.facebook.com/vargasmuseum.upd and follow us @UPVargasMuseum for updates. Facebook event page links here.

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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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4 thoughts on “UNPREDICTABLE… UNSCRIPTED: Street Photography Exhibition by Filipinos

  1. Who is the person coming from Cagayan de Oro? Is he a trained photographer.? I would love to meet him in person. And I was hoping also that you could go visit CDO for your exhibit. There are a lot of photography enthusiasts here.

    Posted by Albert | June 29, 2015, 2:42 pm
  2. Reblogged this on Mataro Photographs and commented:
    Thank you for all the people who had made this exhibit a wonderful experience!

    Posted by matarophotographs | March 1, 2015, 10:04 am

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Green Go Home featured artist: MIKE ADRAO

Initiated by Tomas Vu and Rirkrit Tiravanija, the project collaborates with seven contemporary Filipino artists. Mike Adrao creates an image based on a photograph from Bulatlat.com of the People Surge rally in Tacloban in 2014.

Super Typhoon Yolanda (international name: Haiyan) landed in the Philippine eastern coasts of Leyte and nearby provinces in November 2013. A year after the calamity that killed more than 6,000 people, simultaneous rallies happened in Eastern Visayas, Bohol, Zamboanga, and Metro Manila to denounce the government’s ineptitude in giving services and aid. People Surge is an alliance established in Tacloban City on 25 January 2014 by the survivors of the typhoon and it has organized mud walks to commemorate the Yolanda event. Green Go Home by Tomas Vu and Rirkrit Tiravanija is at the 1F Galleries of the Vargas until 18 November 2017. Through collaborations with seven contemporary Filipino artists, images of recent protest actions in the Philippines are drawn on the walls of the Vargas as the exhibition progresses. 
According to Vu and Tiravanija, “the provocation inherent in Green Go Home is positioned against the subtle underlying subtext of U.S. interventions, and colonialist attitudes, towards its neighbors in Latin American from Mexico southwards: an antagonism that has cost many lives and much strife. In the imagery itself, the presence of each character-from films to music to personalities of resistance-reveals itself to the viewer as addressing the condition of the graffiti text. The grid holds up the statement and reinforces the layers of interpretation, readings, and misunderstandings. Green Go Home is meant to be a wall of resisters, and of resistance.” On Saturday, 19 October 2017, the museum will be open as usual with viewing hours from 9am to 5pm. However, please be advised of heavy traffic inside the university campus due to the UPCAT (University of the Philippines College Admission Test). Here are some photos from last Saturday's opening reception of Green Go Home at the 1F Galleries. More photos can be viewed at our Facebook page. #TomasVu #RirkritTiravanija #BuenAbrigo #MikeAdrao #RenzLee #GabbyNazareno #ArchieOclos #IggyRodriguez #JoTanierla #drawing #mural #protestArt #resistance #socialsculpture Here is "Membranes" created by artist-educator Yan Abeledo
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Green Go Home runs until 18 November at the 3F Galleries. Thanks to @tinawartgallery for the Instagram photograph. Third week of viewing: >upgrade | Homo sapiens sapiens | Yan Abeledo runs until 27 October 2017. The image is an installation shot at the 3F Galleries of two sculptural works titled Adam™ and Eve™ with corresponding printed texts and graphics on sintra boards also created by the artist. The exhibit raises questions on the human body and the ethical interventions on it. The allure of the commercial aspect of this venture may attract visions of the future, yet with it comes uncertainty.

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