PUSONG WAGAS, an art exhibition by Imelda Cajipe Endaya is on view October 19 to November 19, 2013 at the St. Scholastica’s College (SSC) Museum on Vito Cruz St., Manila to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the SSC Institute of Women Studies (IWS). This selection from the artist’s various phases of artistic development reflects the period from 1986 EDSA People Power up to the present, when activists in the women’s movement led by Sr. Mary John Mananzan, OSB, first established Women’s Studies as an institution to address issues of women and gender as they affect not only the lives of young students but of Philippine society in general. IWS takes a perspective that looks at personal experiences and social realities in innovative and productive ways, thus Cajipe Endaya’s exhibition is a most fitting way to cap its anniversary conference on the theme “The Future of Feminism in the Philippines.”
Eminent art critic Alice Guillermo states that “by making use of women's traditional materials and recreating them into a contemporary visual language resonant with social and political significations,” Cajipe Endaya’s art is at the forefront of Filipino feminist art. “February’s Bloom” is about a woman’s uncertain euphoria over the EDSA people power revolt. “Bahaghari ang Kulay ng Pag-asa” depicts mothers’ call for peace amidst political beliefs and ideology that are in conflict. “Musmos” celebrates children’s rights to be well-nourished, innocent, and carefree. “Ako Ito” is a self-portrait focusing on woman’s productivity amidst double burdens of family and society. “Anghel ng Teknolohiya” and “Cyber Pinoy” advocate the use of appropriate global technologies to benefit the poor. “Kasibulan” is a portrait of a woman triumphant and satisfied with her personal fulfillment in middle age. “Comfort Women Give Face to Wartime Violence” is an abridged version of the original 2007 installation on the theme of World War II Southeast Asian comfort women who struggled to regain their dignity and honor. “Where have all the Flowers Gone” whose title is taken from the 60s anti-war song, are in the form of a mother’s embroidery kit; anxious of her soldier son, she pictures the cruelties of war then happening in Iraq and the prison of Abu Graib. The canvas “Pusong Wagas” (2013) is inspired by Andres Bonifacio’s “Pag-ibig sa Tinubuang Lupa”, focusing on his and Gregoria de Jesus’ conjugal love; even as the poem declares pusong wagas or purity of love as the only basis for genuine transformation of a nation’s social and political life..
St. Scholastica’s Museum is open to the public daily Tuesdays to Fridays at 9 to 5, and Saturdays at 9 to 12. Museum telephone number is 559-7700. This special exhibition is supported by Tin-Aw Art Gallery which specializes in Filipino contemporary art engaged in local, global and historical contexts. For inquiries about the art pieces, call +632-892-7522, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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