Recognizing the complicated relationship of the Philippines with its colonial past, Lopez Museum opens its first exhibit for the year dubbed “Complicated” on February 20, in partnership with Tin-Aw Gallery.
Contemporary artist Leslie de Chavez, known for his acerbic cultural commentary, presents several installations and paintings that focus oncolonization, not just as the context of our history, but as an ongoing process in which we participate. His works take a critical stance that aims to jolt audiences to reflexivity, awareness, and realization.
De Chavez, together with visual artist Mike Adrao and choreographer and dancer Ea Torrado are the three featured artists in “Complicated”.
The commissioned works of de Chavez, Adrao and Torrado are contextualized amid various collections from the museum’s painting and archival collections. Works by Juan Luna, Fabian Dela Rosa, Juvenal Sanso, Jerry Elizalde Navarro, Bencab, Ang Kiukok, among others, are exhibited with select books from the library’s collection and rich archive of colonial photographs, maps, travel journals, sketches and cartoons, including those done by Tony Velasquez (known for his creation of the early Filipino comics series Kenkoy), Liborio Gatbonton, and Mario Dangan. The exhibit is further supplemented by loaned artworks by Juvenal Sanso and contemporary artist Anton del Castillo.
“Complicated” is curated by Ricky Francisco and Ethel Villafranca. It will run from February 21 to August 2, 2014.
Lopez Museum and Library is at the G/F Benpres Bldg., Meralco cor. Exchange Rd., Ortigas Center, Pasig City. Museum hours are 8-5pm Mondays through Saturdays except holidays. For more info, contact Tina at 631-2417.
Watch details of Leslie de Chavez’s works here.