Thursday, August 22, 2019

Next stop: Venus

THEY breathe life to new channels of creativity such as graffiti, digital art, photography and film. Over recent years, art collective StreetKonect has been in the forefront in what they describe as “Filipino lowbrow street art,” researching and documenting, and staging avant-garde exhibits that contribute to this form’s vitality.

The group’s most recent project was The Little Secrets (TLS) held last June at Qube Gallery. It was the first of what had been slated as a series of exhibitions, and was participated by artists of different medium of expertise that together, created a harmonious show.

“TLS is an attempt to showcase and bring together young Cebuano talents that are products of the new wave of art making, and artists that practice the new techniques,” says Mona Alcudia, a representative of StreetKonect. “It brings the ‘underground’ to the surface, and gives artists more options to showcase their craft beyond their comfort zones.”

In less than three months after the first The Little Secrets exhibit was staged, StreetKonect will already be launching the series’ second installment—only this time, it will feature an all-female line-up.

Aptly titled The Little Secrets: Venus, the multi-medium exhibit will display postcard-sized works of the local scene’s female young bloods—who all come from diverse backgrounds: students, instructors, art directors, photographers, filmmakers, graphic artists, fashion designers and writers.

“The decision for an all-female line-up was a curatorial choice, mainly because while there are tons of women in the local art scene, men have been observably more prominent in group exhibits,” shares Mona.

The participating artists are Miciel Abalos, Mona Alcudia, Hannah Bacalla, Connet Ben, Faith Bernardes, Ara Chawdhury, Nawe Corvera, Christine Cueto, Sam Despi, Karla Amber Durangparang, Mitz Fitz, Rosalie Anne Gonimil, Jea Java, Eloise Jingco, Alessandra Lanot, Christie Lee, Hannah Martinez, Joyce Maw, Aya Ng, Gale Osorio, Danielle Sea, Jan Sunday, Journey Yamyamin and Patty Zosa.

Known for staging exhibitions that are far from the traditional mold, StreetKonect has been active in doing pop-ups, street art festivals and sticker art events, among others. The group has also tried its hand in curating an art and literary publication, which is the third issue of the homegrown magazine Bomba!.

With The Little Secrets: Venus still on the way, Mona reveals that the group is already drawing up plans for the third installment. She says, “Expect a variety of more art shows featuring talented men and women in the local art scene. The Little Secrets 3 is in the works, as we speak.”

The Little Secrets: Venus will run from Aug. 15 to 22 at the A Little Piece of Sky Café, along M. Veloso St., Guadalupe, Cebu City.
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