|The curator, muralist Jhacky Curamba-Aballe.|
Baji articulates and highlights her many forms, reflections and iterations in its aptly titled 2020 Women’s Month exhibit “Mga Hulagway sa Baji” which opened last March 10th at the Lobby of the New Bohol Provincial Capitol Building.
Run by the Baji Arts Collective, a group of Boholana visual and literary artists advocating for the creation of positive spaces for women to nurture their creative expressions and aspirations, this is their 10th annual group show, the longest-running annual exhibit in Bohol. Baji explains that while this year, they did an “open-themed” call for artwork submissions to give the baji artists the liberty to creatively splurge organically, and as a kind of self/group appraisal, there emerged from the baji artworks, a common mood, a color palette, a melody, a story. Thus Baji’s “Hulagway”, curated by muralist Jhacky Curambao-Aballe, is part introspective and extrospective, a wrapping up of a decade’s work and persistence, and a salutatory celebration for the next years of feminist creative action.
|Kins Aparece, with Dimpna Cutin and Jas Montes, reinterprets the 2013 Baji Exhibit installation of Kins with now Australia-based Regina Estorba Macalandag and Marla Jane Reyes, “Every Woman’s Boudoir”.|
It is said that art is a reflection of the self, of society, which is a daily maelstrom, a madhouse, especially amplified these days with the current pandemic, but there’s also another image of the world, one that’s warm, luminous, and wonderful. And these two and many others totally co-exist and that’s life, that’s “Hulagway”.
|Kate Pepito with her painting “Phoebus” (mixed media on canvas, 36”x24”)|
Dimpna Cutin’s blooms-filled work is bliss on canvas but when she entitled her piece “Muses of Innocence” (mixed media on canvas, 36”x24”), well, maybe there’s a melancholia to that euphoria.
Karla Gonser, 18, in her photography art “The Warriors of Red”, highlights the extraordinary strengths of women and her advocacy to combat the stigma of menstruation and other women’s natural biological cycles.
|Aliza V. Goloso, senior high arts teacher and mother of 3, encourages guests to touch and feel her soft sculpture entitled “Revisit”.|
With 43 artists showcasing works that include paintings, photography, installation art, soft sculptures, prose and poetry, there’s definitely more to these artworks than meets the ‘hulagway’. Have a visit and see for yourselves.
|Baji artists pose with the work of the late Baji artist Sandra de la Serna.|
“Mga Hulagway sa Baji” runs until March 27, 2020 at the Lobby of the New Bohol Provincial Capitol Building.
|Baji, through the years...|