September 10, 2003 to March 15, 2004
Curated by Joselina Cruz
The exhibition brought together works by artists who were born in the Philippines but had moved to live and work elsewhere. It also featured artists who had chosen to remain. Essence and Sympathies sought to understand the ideas and sentiments that run between migration and exile and the conscious or unconscious choices made by artists before, during, and after the act of dislocation. Queries that pertained to who they were and from where they came were answered with tortuous and complex accounts.