The United Kingdom’s foremost modern and contemporary art museum, Tate Modern, has acquired three artworks from the late Ivatan artist Pacita Abad.
Abad is considered as one of the most important contemporary artists in the Philippines. Two of her artworks, acquired by the museum, is from a series entitled Bacongo while the third artwork is entitled European Mask.
Ambassador to the United Kingdom Antonio M. Lagdameo said this affirms that Philippine art is an important part of the international artistic canon.
“Tate Modern has one of the most extensive and diverse collections of artwork from all over the world and is one of the world’s most important contemporary art galleries,” according to the DFA.—AAC
While the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic continues to wreak havoc, the world is ever more appreciative and supportive of health workers frontlining the virus battle. Some express their support through music and donations — others through fine art.
A nurse paid tribute to her fellow frontliners and COVID-19 victims using syringe art.
Kimberly Joy Mallo Magbanua shared her masterpiece on Facebook: a health worker sleeping in exhaustion with the Philippine flag for a blanket.
“Ito’y para sa aking mga kapwang frontliners at sa lahat ng naging biktima ng COVID-19 (This is for my fellow frontliners and all the victims of COVID-19),” her post reads. AAC
In their Facebook page, they put up their works for sale. All the proceeds will go to the victims of the Itbayat earthquake.
Like a digital art gallery, the Facebook page of Bayanihan para sa Batanes is filled with moments — moments of nature, of people captured in the eyes of various photographers.
According to one of the photographers, RA Valderama, it all started with a group of friends who dearly love Batanes.
“It started by just selling a few photos, and calling attention of other photographers who want to help as well in this advocacy” he said.
Bayanihan has also proven itself limitless, it is not just about neighbors helping neighbors. According to Valderama, more than a dozen photographers across the country have submitted their works for the campaign.
“Before we know it we are almost 50 in number,” he said.
The spirit of bayanihan today goes beyond the willingness to share your physical strength. For these photographers as long as they can, they will.
Valderama said they are still open for more photographers.
“We still accept photographers who want to share their art and help this cause,” he said.—AAC
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