‘Ukay-ukay’ protest installation at ManilART 2018
Among the interesting exhibits at the ongoing ManilArt 2018 (until Oct. 21 at SMEX, SM Aura, Taguig City) is “Cock Workshop in the Age of Wang Di-dong,” an installation by writer-teacher-artist Jonathan Rondina, which can be seen at vMeme ConteMporary Art Gallery.
The mixed-media installation is assembled from various ceramics “scavenged from ukay/thrift/garage sale/surplus stores,” said Rondina.
The found objects are assembled to form phalluses that symbolize what appears a drift back toward strongman rule in the Philippines.
“We live in dark times, ruled by a discourse of toxic, mysogynist and murderous machismo,” said Rondina. “My tongue-in-cheek work, assembled as a shrine of fragile sculptures, is really a critique of our current socio-erotic fascination for strongmen. Like surplusage, though, these pseudo deities, or poon, are doomed by a legacy of infamy.”
The vMeme art gallery occupies booths E7 and E8. Visit vmemeartgallery.com; tel. 09176879898.
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