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; firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.