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Babble, Bauble: Tweaking Femme

May 12 to September 15, 2006

Curated by Eileen Legaspi-Ramirez and Claro Ramirez

Exhibitions provide opportunities to take stock and render an accounting of collections. Babble, Bauble: Tweaking Femme occasioned LMM’s look into its trove of paintings, including those by Juan Luna and Felix Resurreccion Hidalgo, to find how women represented themselves and were re-presented. These were shown alongside images from ABS-CBN’s film and TV archives. By posing classical images against trenchant virgin-vamp-hag archetypes, Babble, Bauble discovered how alternative readings were negotiated and oppositional images were posed and, ultimately, how these slipped through the clutches of meaning-making gatekeepers operating within the domains of visual and popular art.

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