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Istorya Namon Subong: Narrative of Negrense art in lockdown

THE Salcedo Private View will present the “Istorya Namon Subong (Our Stories Now),” an all-women show featuring eight Negrense artists and their reflections on last year’s lockdown experience.

Istorya Namon Subong: "Our Stories Now" is curated by Gina O. Jocson and will run both as a limited in-person and online exhibition from Friday, April 16, up to Saturday, May 8, 2021.

Artists Moreen Austria, Katarina Estrada, Karina Broce Gonzaga, Elwah Gonzales, Erika Mayo, Megumi Miura, Angela Silva, and Josephine Turalba were prompted by a single question -- “How has the lockdown affected your experience as a Negrense artist?”

In doing so, they found themselves drawn back to their roots -- retelling childhood tales, shared histories, and personal experiences.

It is these personal experiences and reflections that inform all the pieces of the upcoming Salcedo Private View show.

“We’re excited to be able to showcase the works of these highly talented emerging artists from the Visayan region. Through their work, you can easily see how the common experience of lockdown has translated itself into various expressions of art,” says Salcedo Auctions managing director Victor M. Silvino.

“Salcedo Private View is the perfect platform to bring these stories to the art center of the country. A lot of the works carry deeply personal experiences but also point to the larger, shared past in the Visayas region.”

For some artists like Katarina Estrada, Elwah Gonzales, and Karina Broce Gonzaga, this led to recalling childhood memories and stories from Visayan mythology, while Angela Silva and Josephine Turalba trace the experiences of their respective families in the broader context of personal and collective memory.

Sculptors Megumi Miura and Moreen Austria and multimedia artist Erika Mayo take cues from their lockdown experience to shed light on socio-cultural experiences specific to Negros, such as the peculiar and sudden popularity of online bartering, the plight of sugarcane farmers, and the harsh reality that political activists face on a day-to-day basis.

Moreover, safety protocols and social distancing must strictly be adhered to while in the galleries.


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