Pinggot paints portraits of alienation in ‘Ka.thar.sis...’ | Lifestyle.INQ

OCTOBER 27, 2022

“God has given you one face, and you make yourself another.” –William Shakespeare
“God has given you one face, and you make yourself another.” –William Shakespeare

Visual artist-photojournalist Jose Vinluan “Pinggot” Zulueta will open his newest solo exhibit “Ka.thar.sis…” at Saturday Group Gallery at Shangri-La Plaza Mall on Dec. 9, 6 p.m.

The title comes from the Greek word katharsis, which means “purgation” or purging. In Aristotle’s “Poetics, catharsis is said to be the impact of tragedy on the viewers, who are supposedly purged of their negative emotions of pity and fear.

“Who sees the face correctly, the photographer, the mirror or the painter?”–Pablo Picasso

Zulueta says his new works are “reflections on alienation, solitude and loss of identity.”

Drawing from his experience of moving back to Australia, where his spouse and family are based, he depicts the existential crisis that comes with being far from his work in Manila, and the disquiet it triggers in the soul.

“Time engraves our faces with all the tears we have not shed.”–Natalie Clifford Barn

The exhibit will serve as a sequel to his last show, “Incepto,” which also touched on his internal struggles.   Zulueta says his new show would be a move toward a more holistic and philosophical take on alienation and identity, and would zero in on the face.

“ You use a glass mirror to see your face; you use works of art to see your soul.”–George Bernard Shaw

Zulueta is no stranger to portraits, being a seasoned photographer with a colorful career documenting Filipino visual artists and their ateliers. In the new show, he limns the silhouettes of the face. The seductive chaos of color and lines alludes to the inner turmoil within the subject.

In removing traditional features of the face, Zulueta delves into the soul, sometimes in a mood of despondency, but always looking at life with equal parts seriousness and absurdity.

He elevates the face as a vehicle for communication and a reflection of physical, spiritual and artistic disposition. In “Ka.thar.sis…,” Zulueta highlights the duality of the face with

its ability to both reveal and conceal. –CONTRIBUTED

Saturday Group Gallery is at 4/L, East Wing, Shangri-La Plaza Mall, Mandaluyong City.

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