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‘Pinoy Portrayal’ on August 6, 2011

Critic and semiotician Dr. Oscar Campomanes and political cartoonist Jose Santos Ardivilla will discuss on August 6 (Saturday), from 2 to 4 pm, what has passed through in the representations of Filipinos during the American colonial period. Lecture fee is P120.

Dr. Campomanes’ talk will focus on the graphic and photographic images of Filipino subjects from Bilibid Prison produced by American physical anthropologist and colonial proconsul Daniel Folkmar. Dr. Campomanes teaches Critical Theory and Cultural Studies at Ateneo de Manila University; and Semiotics, Media Criticism, and Culture Theory at the UST Graduate School. He holds a MA and PhD in American civilization from Brown University.

Meanwhile, the image of Juan de la Cruz and, occasionally Inang Bayan, as they appeared in works of Pinoy cartoonists of Lipang Kalabaw will be the subject of Ardivilla’s talk. Ardivilla graduated cum laude from the College of Fine Arts, University of the Philippines in Diliman in 1999. He has lectured on political cartooning and mass-produced art during the American Colonial Period in the Philippines and on the cultural value of political cartoons and Filipino komiks. He has represented the Philippines in the Nihon Shimbon Kyokai and Confederation of ASEAN Journalists, and in the Witty World Conference. Apart from exhibitions and articles for publications He currently teaches at the UP Manila and is the Filipino desk editor of WittyWorld.com.

The lecture complements the current exhibit “About Face” which explores the idea that the face represents the persona with which one confronts the world and how penetrable these public facades can be. The exhibit features works by contemporary artists xVRx, Renan Ortiz, Louie Talents and Alvin Zafra which used and incorporated portraits from the museum’s collection and library archives and the most treasured Rizaliana –in light of the 150th birth commemoration of Dr. Jose Rizal.
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