THIRTY-FOUR artists are set to display their masterpiece at the Ibagiw exhibition.
Dubbed as “Interlinked: A Contemporary Art Exhibition by Baguio Artists,” the exhibit is a mix of artists from various groups in the city who have come together to create a show for the city’s creative festival.
Erlyn Ruth Alcantara, curator of the event, said the pieces explore the themes of community, collective memory, personal and cultural identity, environmental activism, social commentary, contemporary society, humor and local color.
The exhibit opens November 14 at the Baguio Convention Center and runs until the end of the month.
Participating artists include Roberto Acosta, Leonard Aguinaldo, Francis Alingcayon, Edmund Andrada, Clinton Aniversario, Angelo Aurelio, Roland Bay-an, Lorraine Borillo, Hermie Bruno, Rocky Cajigan, Jandy Carvajal, Kizel Cotiw-an, Akwey Dalusong, Alfonso Dato, Kawayan de Guia, Silvino Dulnuan, Tet Enciso, Danielle Florendo, Liza Ann Acevedo-Ilagan, Resty Lopez, Willy Magtibay, Jordan Mang-osan, Venazir Martinez, Jhoan Medrano, Fara Manuel Nolasco, Oliver Olivete, Kelly Ramos, John Frank Sabado, Dexter Simsim, Katti Sta Ana, Sulong Likha, Mark Tandoyog, Jeff Van Den Broeck and Bumbo Villanueva, with works in brass sculpture, graphite & charcoal drawing, installation art, mixed media assemblage, repousse, solar pyrography, terra cotta, watercolor, acrylic, and oil painting and woodcut.
Alcantara hopes the exhibit will serve as a source of inspiration for young and upcoming artists on how to approach subjects and go beyond the usual approach of Cordillera symbols and icons.
“As artists, we must continue to explore concepts, play with fresh ideas, process new as well historical information and test the limits of our imagination, not to entertain or impress but to help make sense of our world from where we are because failing to do so would render us invisible,” she added.
The festival is themed “Ibagiw 3rd Baguio Creative Festival: Angat Baguio Rising together through Creative Resiliency, Sustainability and Innovation,” with over 400 artists collaborating and displaying their works of art in a month-long art exhibition staged at multiple venues in the city.
The Baguio Creative City Festival, now on its third year, is a celebration of resilience and creativity of local artists and artisans, painting pictures of hope and inspiring the community in a positive perspective while looking forward to a brighter tomorrow amid a pandemic, with strict measures of practicing health and safety protocols adapted.