FAR AWAY BUT STRANGELY FAMILIAR

6 July 2019 - 8 September 2019

FAR AWAY BUT STRANGELY FAMILIAR / VZDIALENÉ, NO ZVLÁŠTNE POVEDOMÉ

Place Bratislava-Čunovo, Vodné dieloP.O. Box 9, Bratislava, Slovak republic, SLOVAKIA
Organizer Danubiana Meulensteen Art Museum
More info http://www.danubiana.sk

This exhibition brings together 23 of the leading artists from the Philippines. The Philippines is not a tropical paradise though it has beautiful beaches and exceptionally welcoming people. A country invaded in turn by Moros, Portuguese, Spanish, British, Americans and Japanese it only became independent in 1946. It suffers from overpopulation, corruption and poverty. These are not, of course, problems unique to the Philippines. Some of these artists respond to these issues or more particular political problems: the current “war on drugs”, attacks on press freedom, the overcrowding of the capital city Manila. In everyday life Filipinos respond to things by being versatile, optimistic and improvising. Many go abroad to make a living, religiously sending back money their family. The artists are versatile too. Though most of these artists make paintings, they also make installations or sculptures or collages. Two of them focus exclusively on drawing. Three on photography or video, one on maps and fabric works, one is a dancer.