“Map for Climate” Show Opening at Archivo 1984 Gallery
The Embassy of France to the Philippines, in partnership with the Alumna of AIM Managing the Arts 7, is hosting this special multi-media exhibition “Map for Climate” which will aptly coincide with COP21: The Road to Paris Starts in Manila to be held from October 5 to 10, 2015. This will be an important venue to bring to light different issues related to climate change through the artist’s unique perspective.
“Map for Climate” Artworks will be exhibited at the Archivo1984 Gallery from October 5 to 10, 2015. An artist reception will also take place on October 6, 2015, Tuesday, 6:00pm at the same gallery.
MAP FOR CLIMATE
OCT 5-10, 2015
Archivo 1984 Gallery, Makati City
Climate change is real. In our own microcosm, we have seen and experienced typhoons and unbelievable flooding brought on by our own negligence and indifference. This exhibition is a survey of the artists’ reflections on an issue that pervades our lives today. Inward thoughts find outward expression through a variety of art media that is though-provoking and even quite challenging to witness a times. Nonetheless, the messages that come forth cannot be ignored anymore.
The artists in this exhibition are as varied as the medium of their expression. Professional, multi-awarded artists share the exhibition space with self-taught, student, and even child artists. There are screenwriters, producers and musicians, visual consultants, editorial designers, art educators, graphic designers, as well as installation, performance, and multi and mixed media artists, fashion bloggers, curators, painters, printmakers, photographers, “trashion” and papercut artists, sculptors, academic research writers and even IT consultants. They each have one thing in common – a very interesting story to tell.
Some of the artists experienced the wrath of typhoon Yolanda in Tacloban. Their art speaks of how fragile life is, and also how powerful it is to come together as a community to overcome what seems insurmountable. There are works that nudge us to reflect on nature’s fury. Even children are not spared of the consequences of environmental changes. Their art allows us to see life through their eyes and makes us realize that they too have stake in this world. There are those that espouse an approach to living sustainably. Through the creative use of scraps metals, cloth, discarded plastics and even candy wrappers, these artists create beautiful expressions of art that make us rethink our own wastage. There are those that choose the direct approach and five us images of nuclear bombs, gas masks and a world that can only go from bad to worse unless we commit to drastic changes. But overall, the artworks point towards hope, even advocating the use of art for the purpose of healing and enlightenment. In the end we become purveyors of our own truth. The choice is handed down to us. Do we aspire to build our lives on responsible stewardship of nature’s bunty, or will we continue to contribute to the damage that the human race is capable of onflicting on the environment? As artist Jim Paredes aptly sums it up, “The path to the light while arduous must be taken. The light is waiting at the bend. Let us not give up now…”
Toots Magsino, Curator
October 5, 2015
“COP21: The Road to Paris Starts in Manila” takes inspiration from the Manila Call to Action on Climate Change, a global appeal to act for the climate that was jointly launched by President François Hollande and President Benigno Aquino III in the Philippines last February.
This “Climate Week,” which takes place from October 5 to 11, will bring together civil society representatives, artists, members of the academe, government officials, and other stakeholders, as well as the general public, for a series of conferences, art exhibits and performances, film screenings, and other activities to contribute to the local discourse on the climate, offer solutions, and express their commitment to the conclusion of an ambitious, universal, and legally binding agreement on the climate during COP21 in Paris this December.
Everyone is enjoined to participate in the Climate Week activities and take a stand for the climate
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