3F Galleries, Announcement, Artist Talk / Walk-Through, Exhibit




Sharon Estacio with Giovanna Rovedo

Guest artists: Sheila E. Dennis, forensic biologist, with
Jinggo Montenejo, freelance photographer, jinggomontenejo.com

Francisco A. Datar, anthropologist, University of the Philippines Diliman

Jacob Maentz, freelance photographer, jacobimages.com, Katutubong Filipino Project katutuboproject.org

Alison Domzalski, freelance photographer, former forensic biologist, alisondomzalski.com

Part I: World Premiere

3F Galleries
Vargas Museum
UP Diliman

April 7-10, 2015

UP Vargas Museum presents the First Part: World Premiere of the Knitsisters production titled The Reconciliation of Magik Salap (A Triptych). It runs from April 7 to April 10 at the 3F Galleries.

The Reconciliation of Magik Salap (A Triptych) showcases the first of three documented dance journeys of Sharon Estacio and Giovanna Rovedo that incorporate audio, video and live performance. Estacio and Rovedo aim to use contemporary dance and holistic health to rediscover what it means to be a Filipino in different parts of the world. Their journey to the Cordillera Mountains with the Kalinga community in the northern Philippines marked the first step towards their research connecting America, the Philippines and Italy. Estacio and Rovedo conducted a cultural exchange and immersion where they interacted with the indigenous peoples of the Philippines and dance students of Filipino local universities.
The artists are opening their creative laboratory and continued research to the public, placing themselves on display in the 3F galleries, in real time during viewing hours throughout the course of the week. Visitors will have the possibility of entering the residency space and interacting with the artists.

Science and art merge in this exhibit. The DNA Analysis Laboratory, Natural Sciences Research Institute, University of the Philippines (UP-NSRI-DAL) and the Forensics and Ethnicity Program of the Philippine Genome Center has spearheaded population genetics works in the Philippines to study the genetic diversity of Filipinos and applications for forensic science. It’s All Relative is a realization that people are interconnected-socially, culturally, and historically. Genetics show we are the same as people but diverse as individuals. This special exhibit features portraits of the UP-NSRI-DAL scientists by photographer Alison Domzalski superimposed with their DNA sequences obtained via next generation sequencing. Complementing these portraits are selected images of the Philippines’ indigenous peoples such as the Mangyan of Mindoro by photographer Jacob Maentz, the Ivatan of Batanes by anthropologist Dr. Francisco Datar, and the Kalinga of the Cordillera Mountains by photographer Jinggo Montenejo.

Sharon Estacio is a Filipino American dance artist, teacher and AADP certified holistic health practitioner currently based in Florence, Italy. A native New Yorker, she trained at the Manhattan Ballet School, Inc. on scholarship and the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center on fellowship. She was an Honors Scholar in Dance at FH LaGuardia HS of Music & Art and the Performing Arts and graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Dance from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, where she was honored with the JS Seidman Award. A performer since 1998, she has worked with an amalgam of artists and dance companies in the US and Italy, touring and teaching across America and Europe. As a dance artist in NYC, her previous works include commissions by Aaron Davis Hall, Mulberry Street Theater with the Jerome Foundation, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and Women in Motion: Blueprint (Estrogenius Festival NYC). Her work has also been presented at Danspace Project/St. Mark’s Church, Joe’s Pub (DanceNOW[NYC]), Dixon Place, Jacob’s Pillow, La MaMa, WAX and others. She has been an artist-in-residence at the Dragon’s Egg (CT), Earthdance (MA) in the US and DiD Studio/ Fabbrica del Vapore (MI) and Teatro della Limonaia (FI) in Italy. sharonestacio.com

Giovanna Rovedo is an Italian dance artist and cultural anthropologist. She graduated in Contemporary Dance from the National Dance Academy (Rome) with an anthropological thesis about the necessity of ritual dance in American-Indian Culture. She has worked with various companies and different projects in Europe (Umbra-Solis, Whycompany, Evidance, Dimensionen Collective, Aphonos) between 2010-2015. In 2012, she started her first solo project Località Presa 1 and since then has presented it in Naples, Kaikala, Berlin and Perugia. She also received her degree in Cultural Anthropology from La Sapienza University (Rome). In 2013, she went to Kolkata (India) for her project Kaikala Lab, where she shared her dance piecé Località Presa 1 with local children to connect India with her birthplace, Italy. Recently, her video Nuovo Valzer Cimoliano was selected to participate in the festival Giovani Delle Dolomiti 2014. She is also a contemporary dance teacher. giovannarovedo.com

Sheila Estacio Dennis, forensic biologist, is currently a Fulbright Scholar and Researcher in residence at the DNA Analysis Laboratory, Natural Sciences Research Institute at the University of the Philippines, Diliman.   This photographic collaboration is based on her molecular approach to forensic science and ethnicity the past 5 months. She was the Assistant Director for the Department of Forensic Biology of the New York City Office of Chief Medical Examiner. After the occurrences of 9/11 World Trade Center attacks and the American Airlines Flt. 587 crash in November 2011, Sheila was reassigned to the World Trade Center Special Projects Team where she performed DNA testing on challenging samples from the unidentified human remains from the World Trade Center Disaster as well as performed DNA testing on victim reference samples and familial exemplars. Sheila graduated from New York University with a Bachelor of Arts in Physical Anthropology and subsequently completed her Master’s Degree in Forensic Science at the University of New Haven in West Haven, CT. She resides with her husband, two children, and 2 fighting fish in northern New Jersey but is still a native New Yorker and Filipina at heart.

This production has also been made possible by the Jorge B. Vargas Museum and Filipiniana Research Center, University of the Philippines, Diliman in Manila, Philippines (Phase I), the Filipino American Museum (FAM) in NYC, USA (Phase II) and generous supporters.


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.



  1. It is another way in showcasing talents of the people of Kalinga. It is a remarkable way to interact with the indigenous people, in their way of living and culture. It is a healthy process and indeed it can help to them. I wish I can communicate with them.

    Posted by Jovelyn | June 26, 2015, 6:27 pm

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