“Sa Pagitan ng Gabi at Bukang-liwayway” a group exhibition by the Buklod Sining Organization is exhibited from February 07 – 28, 2022 at the NCCA Gallery.

Buklod Sining, the oldest art organization of the University of the East College of Fine Arts, Architecture and Design (UECFAD) has been recognized by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) as one of the selected art group all over the Philippines to receive the 2022 NCCA Gallery Exhibition Grant.

“Sa Pagitan ng Gabi at Bukang-Liwayway” is the opening event for the 33rd founding anniversary of Buklod Sining, it gives reverence to various narratives coming from different classes in the Philippine society. The exhibition is the visual memoirs, situation and journey from midnight to dawn, in pre-pandemic and pandemic years. Each work of art is a representation on how time could be both the protagonist and antagonist in our decisions, conditions and choices. It could be under the notion of pure time and mathematical time. While the problem of time has been interesting to different thinkers like Henri Bergson and Michel Foucault, the participating artists from various art disciplines have used this concept to visually suture several stories “happening from twelve midnight to half-past five in the morning.”

Political and economic development brought us to a new shift on how we live based on our needs to survive. Based on studies, numbers are relative to time zones, reference frames and conventional agreements on how to define the second, the conventional unit for measuring time. Through this concept imagine the different narratives happening all over the world in this time frame, where half of the world are sleeping, others are awake, and probably some are staring to nothingness and some are rhythmically listening in the lamentations of the night.

This bracket of time which aims to develop a visual discourse of the protagonists’ shared memories, temporality, and the notion of other spaces inspired by the concept and definition of Michel Foucault, “something like counter-sites”. It involved the exploration of the various voices of their narratives that led to the continuous creation of their own utopias. Some narratives like vendors of Carriedo, the ‘bulungan’ in Navotas, jeepney drivers of Baclaran, yosi break in BPO areas, life and death situations in the hospitals, farewell scenarios in airports, film production dramas, the Bella’s of the red-light districts and even simple stories as appealing to Filipina migrant workers staring to her sleeping daughter online.

This culture-context exhibition will utilize diverse art disciplines that will reflect how the Filipinos dealt with the challenges of life in this time frame and the various behavioral issues affecting them. This theory also focuses on events occurring in the fullness of time, or when an overwhelming wave of smaller events cause certain developments to occur. The exhibition is a homage to the three voices of visual storytelling (social, dramatic, narrative) coming from small or powerful ripples of stories, whether from above or from below, through this, the participating artists and the audience will be able to grasp (if not fully understand) and contemplate about his immense responsibilities in creating small but relevant change that will contribute in our transformation as a nation.

The exhibit showcases the works of selected Buklod Sining student members, namely Christine Marie Abogado, Margarette Afan, Angela Nicole Alarilla, Aureen Alfonso, Jennifer Añonuevo,  France Bacongallo, Franchesca Denise Berces, Maica Borlagdan, Danielle Betina Bosi, James Benedict Calleja, Jesse Camacho, Joyce Anne Castro, Marcus Luiz Coquial, Anjella Gieneena Cruz, Nicole Vera Cruz, Jerome Daguplo, Francene Mae Damasco, Angela Kristine Daños, Bianca Coleen Del Rosario, Josh Carl Dela Rosa, Shane Delfin, Reyster Delos Reyes, Maria Graziella Diolola, Gabriel Docena, Yssa Marie Flores, Rigel Gabriel, Krysella Godalle, Anna Francheska Guevarra, Aila Marie Jones, John Alexis Lirio, Destmond Lorenzo, Faith Manalo, Christopher Maravilla, Jericho Cedric Maravilla, Kristan Ley Martinez, Maya Angelou Martinez, Kiko Moran, Jessabel Nate, Hanna Norva, Rolandson Operio, Pamela Mae Pacson, Romeo Perez, Sheena Marie Ponseca, Rhana Juan Rojas, Jomari Santos, Maria Ysabela Santos, Eloisa Joy Saurin, Allan Henry Soriano, Valerie Irene Sotelo, Kenneth Suñga, Zharyll Ashley Tabarangao, Timothy Tatel, Krista Fe Andrea Toledo, Yexel Anne Toledo, Gwynz Trinidad, Kian Alfred Vargas, Nicole Allyson Yañga, Joshua Yee, and Paul Diamond Zipagan.

Participating Buklod Alumni artists are Melo Adriano, William Cleto, Jay Condeno, Bayani Galera, Elvin Jay, Richard Legaspi, Lei Manto, John Lanbert Rafols, and Vincent Santos. Jonet Carpio, one of the organization’s founder and pioneer Ronaldo Ruiz will also join the group show while Buklod Alumni Society Chairman Emeritus Ronwell Jason Bacani will curate this year’s exhibition.

 Invited artists include Kempis Ang, Paul Mervin Demapelis, Robert Dela Cruz, Ralph Eya, Pam Santos-Galera, Jenny Lacay, Aaron Manaloto, JM De Olazo, Nikko Pelaez, Michael Villagante, and WIPO.

The Exhibit will officially open virtually on February 16, 2022 at 8:00 PM via Buklod Sining and the NCCA Official Facebook page.

Sa Pagitan ng Gabi at Bukang-liwayway will be held from February 07 to 28, 2022 at NCCA Gallery at 633 General Luna St, Intramuros, Manila, 1002 Metro Manila. 

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Call 8257 2205 or email gallery@ncca.gov.ph for more details.