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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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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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