A series of artist talks and workshops revolving around the veil will take place in connection with Revolving Secret Garden (RSG) recently launched and now on show at the second floor of the UP Vargas Museum. Conversing with Mark Salvatus’ Secret Garden, artworks by Kiri Dalena, Lyra Garcellano and Alma Quinto present a gallery of faces that can be viewed through peepholes: a portrait of Muslim woman leader by Quinto, whose body of work involves working with communities, most of whom are survivors of abuse, disaster, illness and the like; a face on which flow unwavering tears by Dalena, whose footage of Gina Alajar was originally meant for a Violence Against Women campaign; and blurred faces of undocumented migrants in New York by Garcellano, whose work hints at the artist’s discomfort at the very process of shooting and capturing images of reluctant subjects. The veil covers and conceals, but also reveals and empowers. One is a literal veil as well as a symbol of identity and agency worn casually by Yasmin, the subject of Quinto’s soft sculpture; the veil is figurative concealer on Garcellano’s photographic images; and in Dalena’s video, the veil is a vale of tears. Each veil has a story to tell.
One story is told by a Dalena film on the veil (Kombong), followed by talks by Dalena and Garcellano, October 5, 10-1, Faculty Center 2104.
On October 7, 10-1, UP Vargas Museum basement, workshop participants will sew their own stories and will converse with participants of Quinto’s recent workshop in South Korea and the story of homeless women artists by visiting Japanese artist Miho Nakanishi.
Revolving Secret Garden is a project of the Art Criticism class (https://therevolvingsecretgarden.wordpress.com/contact-us/) and the Art Studies Society, under the supervision of the University of the Philippines Department of Art Studies.
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