Friday, February 6, 2015

Propaganda: Revolutionary Art and Literature Aided by Technology at the Lopez Museum

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Myth-making may be the key element to what transpired during the yesteryears of war and election. It was a generation when outright fallacies are often promised to people hopeful for change to experience a life that is better. But wait! Who am I kidding? It is still the present day scenario. We are still in a time when man would do all in an attempt to overpower or redeem.

People revolt when the change they long for are forgotten or taken for granted. Most of the times our emotions overpower our logic. Our first impulse is to undermine our faulty government or leaders as if expecting they are faultless and know-it-all.

The past years were never free of anger and raging emotions. There would always be appalling incidents when man attacks his fellow man due to various inexplicable reasons, mostly trivial, lots of times inhuman, due to excessive greed or misguided passion. I hate to accept the glaring impressions that man is naturally barbaric.

The Propaganda exhibit happening from February 6  to May 30 at the Lopez Museum (located inside the Benpres building in Ortigas Center) showcases several images of, as what artist Nunelucio Alvarado keep saying during our tour, "Puro-paganda" - the days of our grandparents from a long time ago that still evokes similarities of the present day.




Alvin Yapan

Joey Cobcobo
Nunelucio Alvarado

Reinforced by digital versions courtesy of the Lopez Museum's partnership with Samsung, "the exhibit combines traditional medium with digital content resulting in a unique and immersive museum experience. You'll see a few tablets containing the digital versions of books, as well as augmented realities activated by a couple of paintings within the exhibit.

Another artist involved in the exhibit was Joey Cobcobo who, just like Nunelucio Alvarado and his "Rompagon Ang Mga Sakon" artwork which combines multiple creations as one magnificent spectacle, was personally at the Lopez Museum and Library last February 5 at the media launch of the exhibit to explain his seemingly "staircase" masterpiece but later we realized he was actually promoting the wooden slippers. I hate to spoil the big surprise so go visit the exhibit and find out what it's all about. What I can say is you will definitely be able to leave your "mark" just like what I did being the very first visitor to become part of the canvas. Alvin Yapan was also there to explain his work that is somewhat related to his background as a filmmaker aside from being an award-winning author.

Artist Don M. Salubayba was not present during the media launch. The Propaganda exhibit is showcased along with a selection from the museum and library's collection such as works of Juan Luna, Feix Resurrecion Hidalgo, Napoleon Abueva, Fernando Amorsolo, Jose Joya and Cesar Legaspi. Co-curated by Ethel Villafranca and Ricky Francisco.

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  1. The works of art are really impressive and I must say that the article really enlightened me about the present day scenario. The revolting and revolting but after all , history then repeats itself. I admire the connotation "puro-paganda" in the place of propaganda. Overall, a well composed and compelling article.
    -Maria Ana Francesca P. Ison IV-Marx ^.^

  2. Puro-Paganda! Haha this one is really funny. This article made me change my perspective about history that comes along with art. I have never been in an art museum like this before. This is very innovative! Thanks for the author of this article! :)


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