“Borderline: Conscious and Sub-conscious” by the Block Y Group from University of the Philippines Diliman’s College of Fine Arts is exhibited from July 06 – 31, 2021 at the NCCA Glass Gallery.


On mental health and artists amid crisis: Borderline at the NCCA Gallery
By Camille Aguilar Rosas

 The NCCA Gallery presents Borderline, an exhibit by Block Y of the University of the Philippines Diliman’s College of Fine Arts. The exhibit will open at the National Commission for Culture and the Arts Gallery in Intramuros, Manila, on July 6, 2021.

 Formed in 2018, Block Y is a collective of young artists dedicated to exploring and pushing the boundaries of Philippine contemporary art. Through their works, they aim to generate discussion and awareness of various issues in Filipino culture, such as poverty, mental health, and political oppression— issues at the very heart of Borderline.

 Through surrealist explorations of the subconscious, the artists of Borderline engage with the topic of mental health as impacted by the volatile conditions of Philippine society today. The exhibit is comprised of wall-bound paintings, mixed media art, and sculptures that illustrate the emotional experience of living through modern crises such as the COVID-19 pandemic, widespread destitution, and sociopolitical turmoil.

 The participating artists are Paolo Gonzales, Georgina Pomarejos, Angelica Jacoba, Rexell Orencio, Asaliah Reiiel Reyes, Bianca Fabrigaras, Krister Isip, Ding Royales, Sophia Sotolombo, Cyrah Contreras, Yllang Montenegro, Alexis Matta, and Andree Tiongson.


 Borderline will run until July 31, 2021 at the NCCA Gallery, 633 General Luna Street, Intramuros, Manila. Email [email protected] for more details.

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