Tuesday, November 30, 2010


TutoK presents ANO BAYAN!? at the CCP
Bulwagang Juan Luna (CCP Main Gallery)
Pasilyo Guillermo Tolentino (3rd Floor Hallway)
December 09, 2010 to January 30, 2011

TutoK convenes artists anew in its fifth year-end exhibit at the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP).  Up for discussion is the question of heroism and nationhood.  What are heroes, anyway, and how is heroism relevant in the cultural fabric of how we perceive and create our paradigms?  This year’s theme will attempt to question the notion of heroism through paintings, sculptures, installations, multimedia and performance art.   But more than the multitude of artists and art practices to be gathered, the event will be an ample assembly of views on the subject, ranging from the ironic to terse insights into the iconic.

Over 150 artists comprised of students and professionals will present wall-bound works of paintings and mixed media, resonating the varied recollections and reflections on heroes.  TutoK’s core members will reprise their Superheroes first featured in its 2007 yearend exhibit Kasaysayang at the Art Center in Glorietta, Makati and the Alab Galleries of Intellectual Property Philippines.  Superheroes like Daarnaa?, Boy Agimat, Pinoy Boy Palaboy, Anti-Krisis, Senorito Bungisngis and Mater Dolorous Dominatrix revive their notoriety with a fresh influx of (anti?) heroes to wreak havoc and order on the universe.

Paths and crevices are offered by Installations and sculptures by such prominent artists as Ambie AbaƱo, Roberto Feleo, Imelda Cajipe-Endaya, Jose Tence Ruiz, Benjie Torrado Cabrera, Kawayan de Guia, Joey Cobcobo, Kiri Dalena, Boyet de Mesa and Salvador Joel Alonday.  Also featured are collaborations by groups like UGATLahi Artists Collective, Pilipinas Street Plan, Kalye Collective and by student interactions such as the project of Gerardo Leonardo and Marc Cosico with students of Philippine High School for the Arts, J Pacena II with Ice Cream Cake from Asia Pacific College, and Utakamay from Technological University of the Philippines.

Finally, weaving the whole exhibit together is an ensemble of performance art interfaced with the traditional disciplines of music, dance and theater; thus, echoing yet also contravening CCP’s function as national center for the performing arts.

Founded in November 30, 2005 as an artists’ project to uphold human rights, TutoK is a group of artist volunteers who initiate art and advocacy projects in cooperation with other art organizations, schools, institutions and private galleries.  Since 2006, it has committed to organize large-scale exhibits on critical themes involving around 200 artists annually.

ANO BAYAN!? is jointly curated by TutoK, led by Wesley Valenzuela, Noel Soler Cuizon and Jef Carnay, with coordinators Kirby Roxas, Lotsu Manes, Don Djerassi Dalmacio, Crisanto de Leon and Mervin Pimentel.  This exhibit is presented in partnership with Tin-aw Art Gallery and the School of Multimedia Arts, Asia Pacific College.

The exhibit will run from 09 December 2010 to 30 January 2011 at the Bulwagang Juan Luna (Main Gallery) and Pasilyo Guillermo Tolentino (3rd Floor Hallway) of the CCP.  The opening reception starts promptly at 6:00pm on Thursday, December 9.

Two other exhibits will open in other CCP venues on the same day.  Jucar Raquepo will present the CCP edition of his solo exhibit Anong Sa Iyo? Misbegotten Son of the Terror East the Bulwagang Fernando Amorsolo (Small Gallery), which will run until January 16, 2011.  Concerned Artists of the Philippines (CAP) will also open the CCP tour of the exhibit component of their calendar project Artista ng Bayan at the Pasilyo Vicente Manansala (2nd Floor Hallway) until January 30, 2011.

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