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‘Filipinas’ Dance by Ea Torrado

Composite Imagery: COMPLICATED featured artist Ea Torrado (here in study) reflects on the museum’s iconic “España y Filipinas” painting by Juan Luna. Witness her performance on 20 February, 6PM at Lopez Museum and Library

Then it matters not that thou should forget me:
Thy atmosphere, thy skies, thy vales I’ll sweep;
Vibrant and clear note to thy ears I shall be:
Aroma, light, hues, murmur, song, moanings deep,
Constantly repeating the essence of the faith I keep.

Entonces nada importa me pongas en olvido.
Tu atmósfera, tu espacio, tus valles cruzaré.
Vibrante y limpia nota seré para tu oído,
Aroma, luz, colores, rumor, canto, gemido,
Constante repitiendo la esencia de mi fe.

(Twelfth Stanza, Mi Último Adiós by Jose Rizal)


Ea Torrado’s Sisa @ Lopez Museum’s ‘Complicated’ exhibit.


Choreographer and dancer Ea Torrado, one of the three featured artists at Lopez Museum’s upcoming exhibit “Complicated,” presents a three-channel video installation. Her work is based on the frantic search of Jose Rizal’s “Sisa” and reflections on the museum’s iconic “España y Filipinas” painting by Juan Luna.

Using Sisa’s search for her missing children as a metaphor of post-colonial identity, Torrado presents the search for the many desaparecidos and victims of extrajudicial killings in recent history as premised in the promises of modernity and progress which are both at the core of nation-building and Luna’s painting. This film is produced with the support of Tuchi Imperial, sound designer Chris Aronson, cinematographer and film editor Dan Pamintuan and the ABS CBN Film Archives.

Catch her work at “Complicated” exhibit opening on February 21, 2014. The exhibit, presented by the Lopez Museum and Library in partnership with Tin-aw Art Gallery, is curated by Ricky Francisco and Ethel Villafranca.

“Complicated” will showcase the commissioned works of two featured artists – the larger-than-life anthropomorphic pillars of Mike Adrao and the acerbic cultural commentary works of Leslie de Chavez. These will be juxtaposed with works by Juan Luna, Felix Resurreccion Hidalgo, Juvenal Sanso, Bencab, Ang Kiukok, Jerry Elizalde Navarro and other artworks from the Lopez Museum collection.

“Complicated” will run from February 21 to August 2, 2014. For more info, contact Tina at 6312417 or email


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