Presented by Vargas Museum in Cooperation with Silverlens Galleries, Rituals of Invasion and Resistance (1992 – 2017) by Filipino artist, Norberto Roldan, is an exhibition that surveys 25 years of the artist’s work.
On show till the 5th of October 2017, the exhibition of installation works reflects the artist’s interest in both folk ritual and contemporary art that began with Roldan’s experience with textile from his hometown in Negros Occidental in the Visayas. With pieces of local cloth, patadyong, stretched on scrap wood and bamboo, it alludes to a shrine of nature and spirit, an index of memory, a marker of site and an invitation to gather.
The exhibition raises thoughts about the restless discourse of the art of the time and the neat study of human action. By coming to terms with life and art through the subtle distinctions between sensing objects within the order of things, Roldan expresses the fine line between the flux of everyday life and their meanings.
With altars, imagery and found objects, the installative exhibition invites visitors to confess, wonder, read about their religion and native creed. Through this interaction between his works and the audience, Roldan sees the formation of rituals of invasion and resistance - the defense of belief against belief.
As it is the first time that new and old works come together in one space, Roldan hopes to reiterate the installative focus of his artistic practice.
This survey exhibition highlights two particular works - ‘The Black Box’ and ‘Between Salvation and Damnation’, which the artist has expressed to be a reflection of his on-going investigation of Filipino spirituality, indigenous belief systems, and the Filipino struggle against imperial dominations.
While contemporary art is a process of negotiation between ‘life’ and ‘art’ within the context of a discourse as described by Roldan, anthropology approaches this negotiation in relation to a wider public context. In all, the installations thus represent a conjucture between contemporary art and anthropology, in which neither are absolute nor passive.
Norberto Roldan: Rituals of Invasion and Resistance is on show at UP Vargas Museum till the 5th of October 2017. More information on the exhibition can be found here.
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