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Iconolatria | Sandra Dans

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29 March to 30 April, 3F Galleries

UP Vargas Museum opens Sandra Dans’ solo exhibit titled Iconolatria on March 29, Tuesday, 4pm at the 3F Galleries of the Museum.

Iconolatria features Dans’ photography spanning three different projects: “I Am”, “Mga Santong Kanto” and “Stampitas”. The exhibit explores the misplaced reverence of divine images wherein most see them as something holy instead of using them to instill devotion. The same could be said of social media in which self-documentation’s purpose of being present and making a mark in digital spaces constructs tendencies of narcissism and self-absorption. Complementing the exhibit are different materials from the Vargas Museum collection, specifically stampitas and prayer cards of Marina Vargas, and photographs of Jorge B. Vargas.

“I Am” is a series of self-portraits that dwells on the sanctifying practice of self-representation and the issues surrounding it. What or who can be glorified? If the validating agent is himself/herself, is the glorification well-founded?

“Mga Santong Kanto” is a series of photographs depicting Filipino men. Here, the notion of masculinity in the Philippine context is reexamined in reference to the idea of holiness, a concept mostly associated with the feminine.

“Stampitas” is a series of images supplemented by Catholic prayer cards reminiscent of the process of microblogging. Emphasis is given to memory as divine; stampitas are both keepsakes and tools for carrying out faith.

These three projects reflect Dans’ take on iconography through photography.

Supplementing the exhibit is an artist talk by Sandra Dans on April 14, Thursday, 2:30-4pm at the 3F South Wing Gallery of the museum.

Iconolatria runs until April 30.

Sandra Dans received her Bachelor’s Degree from the College of Fine Arts in the University of the Philippines Diliman (magna cum laude) in 2010 and her Master’s in Photography at the Savannah College of Art and Design in Hong Kong (where she was given the Latin honor Excelsus Laureate) in 2015. She has exhibited in Hong Kong and in different institutions in the Philippines, such as Uno Morato, UP Diliman, Rockwell Powerplant, LRI Design Plaza, Corredor Gallery and the Cultural Center of the Philippines.

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Devour | Fish Talks is a roundtable discussion among humans on anything about fish, from experiential, anthropological, ecological, scientific, or philosophical perspectives. The activity is open to public participation at the 3F North Wing Gallery of Vargas Museum. Participants are enjoined to bring and sit on their own chairs during the discussion. The chairs can be received by the museum prior to the day and may be kept with the participants' consent as part of the "Fish Talks" artwork until 1 December.

For this event, we invited Dr. Rhodora Azanza, and Dr. Arnel “AA” Yaptinchay.

Dr. Rhodora Azanza (fondly known as The Red Tide Lady) is a Professor Emeritus at the Marine Science Institute, and first woman Dean of the College of Science, University of the Philippines. She is an Academician of the National Academy of Science and Technology (NAST), and she was among the eleven awardees honored by the UP Alumni Association with Lifetime Distinguished Achievements in 2013. She received the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Outstanding Research and Development Award for Applied Research/ Julian A. Banzon Medal for her projects that aimed to develop technology for the detection and mitigation of Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs) or red tides in 2014. She was presented with the 2015 Pantas Award by the DOST’s Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (PCAARRD), and served as the former Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs (Linkages), and the director of the Office International Linkages of the university. 
Dr. AA Yaptinchay has been involved in marine biodiversity conservation in the Philippines for over twenty years. He is the director and founder of the conservation NGO, Marine Wildlife Watch of the Philippines after having worked with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources-Biodiversity Management Bureau as a biologist and WWF-Philippines as their Species Conservation Program Director. He has a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Degree from the University of the Philippines and earned his Master’s Degree in Aquatic Tropical Ecology from Bremen University, Germany. Devour | Katti Sta. Ana at the 3F Galleries runs until 1 December 2017. For tours, please send an e-mail to vargasmuseum@gmail.com. We will have two activities at the exhibition next week. Check our Facebook for more details. ADVISORY: The museum will be closed on Monday as usual, and on Tuesday and Wednesday due to the ASEAN 2017 non-working holidays. We resume operations on Thursday, 16 November. We thank Dr. Judy Taguiwalo and Renz Lee for Green Go Home: The Necessity of Protest yesterday. Lisa Ito will be moderating another conversation, Green Go Home: From Aklasan to Bungkalan with Angie Ipong and Iggy Rodriguez next Friday, 17 November. Grrrl Gang Manila joins the Green Go Home project through a Grrrl Meet #5! on 18 November. Please check the event pages for updates and resources. DEVOUR by Katti Sta Ana is on view at the 3F Galleries until 1 December 2017. We thank everyone who attended the evening reception. The exhibition at the Vargas coincides with Paglulual International Ceramic Art Project 2017 at the U.P. College of Fine Arts.

The evening reception was graced by a performance by Boyet De Mesa and Rabu Barroco based on the Sta. Ana's Dog-Eat-Dog pieces. 
Other activities for the show:

21 Nov, TUESDAY, 9am-5pm

Collaborative wall drawing session at the Dog-Eat-Dog area of North Wing Gallery with Manuel Heraña, Boyet Montejo, Ritchie Rodulfo, and Kevin Roque (selected UP College of Fine Arts freshmen)

24 Nov, FRIDAY, 2-4pm

FISH TALKS: a roundtable discussion of humans on anything about fish from experiential, anthropological, ecological, scientific, or philosophical perspectives. This is open to the public. Participants are enjoined to bring and sit on their own chairs during the discussion. The chairs can be received by the museum prior to the day and may be kept with the participants' consend as part of the Fish Talks artwork until 1 December, as symbols of persons' stakes on the issue. 
DEVOUR PROJECT TEAM:

Artist Apprentices: Pam Quinto, Jezzel Lorraine Wee, Raffy Ugaddan, and Raymond Escoto Carlos

Artist Volunteers:

Rosa Mirasol Melencio, Lui Gonzales, Aileen Viñas, Zee Aquilizan, Precious Pareño, and Raha Rodriguez 
Special thanks from the artist are given to Jose Tence Ruiz, Reynel dela Rosa, Marco Rosario, Rita Badilla-Gudino, Leo Abaya, Yasmin Almonte Lantz, Rey Concepcion, Penny Bencito, Froilan Sta. Ana, and Roberto Acosta. Do We Dream Under The Same Sky?

From #TomasVu and #RirkritTiravanija's Green Go Home project at the 1F Galleries. Later at 3pm, visual artist Renz Lee and former DSWD Secretary Dr. Judy Taguiwalo initiate a conversation titled "The Necessity of Protest." Lisa Ito will moderate the activity.

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