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Walang Sinasanto | Emmanuel Garibay

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13 February 2013, Wednesday, 4PM

The Vargas Museum opens Walang Sinasanto by Emmanuel Garibay on Wednesday, 13 February 2013, at the Ground Floor Lobby and West Wing Galleries.

A potent phrase in the vernacular, the exhibit’s title Walang Sinasanto embraces an entire range of allusions and references that straddle the realms of the mundane and the divine. It can denote the loss of sanctity, deeming no one or nothing sacred; it can also describe a condition where authority and hierarchy are challenged, or imply a condition of social and moral decadence. This set of meanings opens up a rich plane for discourse, which Garibay elaborates on his canvases.

Shaped by his background in art, sociology and divinity, Garibay’s exploration of this subject offers a compelling imagery that investigates questions about Philippine society and identity, such as folk Christianity, hybridity, incursions of the foreign into the ethnographic, and notions of reverence, sufferance, and devotion.

Emmanuel Garibay completed his Fine Arts degree at the University of the Philippines and his masters degree in Divinity at Union Theological Seminary. He received the Thirteen Artists Award from the Cultural Center of the Philippines in 2000 and Diwa ng Sining Award from the National Commission for Culture and the Arts in 1994. He has had exhibitions in Connecticut and New York, the Netherlands and Sweden.

Walang Sinasanto runs until 15 March 2013.

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