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Impress

May 12 to September 15, 2006

Curated by Eileen Legaspi-Ramirez and Claro Ramirez

This modest showing of novenas and prayer books sought to draw attention to how sacred texts from the 1800s and 1900s figured in the crafting of discourse on the self and the divine. Couched amidst the tug-and-pull of pre-colonial and colonial constructions of palatable culture, Impress gathered and laid out artifacts imaginably tied into such contested notions as community, righteousness, holiness, servitude, submission, nobility, and struggle.

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