PRO­PA­GANDA MOVE­MENT

Town & Country (Philippines) - - OUT ABOUT - IRIS FERRER

The group show “Dis­si­dent Vicini­ties” be­gins and ends with a sense of op­ti­mism, as the cracks in the pre­vail­ing po­lit­i­cal and so­cial sys­tem be­gin to show. In the face of au­thor­i­tar­ian rule and un­just cap­i­tal­is­tic en­trench­ment, the chron­i­cling of peo­ple’s lib­er­a­tion move­ments and their mo­ments of want­ing change has achieved a greater rel­e­vance over the years. These col­lec­tive re­sis­tances in­tend to re­frame the course of his­tory through open­ing av­enues for dis­cus­sion and, even­tu­ally, un­der­stand­ing.

Tak­ing up dif­fer­ent view­points and advocacies, the ex­hi­bi­tion cu­rated by Lisa Ito re­flects on so­cial is­sues that pro­duce “dis­obe­di­ent ob­jects”—mis­chie­vously ag­i­tat­ing the sta­tus quo. The points of pro­pa­ganda run the gamut of in­ten­tion, method, and di­rec­tion. From paint­ing to in­stal­la­tion, archival ma­te­ri­als to ob­jects, texts to videos, each lo­cal­ized ex­pe­ri­ence por­trays, stim­u­lates, and af­firms a fra­ter­nity grounded in so­cial obli­ga­tion and the need for protest.

The path to a revo­lu­tion does not ex­ist in one track, it en­dures through in­ter­sec­tions and unions with other in­di­vid­u­als, groups, in­sti­tu­tions, and dis­ci­plines. To sus­tain the rad­i­cal re­quires con­cur­ring re­spect, open­ness, and di­a­logue aimed to­ward at achiev­ing real change.

“Dis­si­dent Vicini­ties” fea­tures the works of artists and col­lec­tives, in­clud­ing con­tri­bu­tions by Nathalie Dag­mang, Pablo Baen San­tos, Hen­rielle Pagkali­wan­gan, Melvin Pollero, Al­drein Si­langa, Re­nan Or­tiz, UGATLahi Artists Col­lec­tive, Leonilo Dolori­con, Voltaire Gu­ray, and Raoul Ig­na­cio Ro­driguez. Au­gust 18 to Septem­ber 1, Bul­wa­gan ng Dan­gal, Univer­sity of the Philip­pines, Dil­i­man, Quezon City; 981.8500 lo­cal 2874; bnd.uhm@gmail.com.

PROTEST MARCh From top: Cor­po­rate Cru­sade, by Raoul Ig­na­cio Ro­driguez; can­vases from the Por­traits of Peace se­ries, by Tam­bisan sa Sin­ing, Ka­bataang Artista para sa Tu­nay na Kalayaan, and UgatLahi Artists Col­lec­tive, with Bagong Alyansang Mak­abayan as ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer.

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