Prayers of the Faithful: 32 Creatives Reflect on Christianity in the Philippines in this Year-Ending Show - Arts & Culture

The show will have its works staged to mimic the Stations of the Cross.

As the country commemorates 500 years of Christianity, 32 artists, photographers, and designers reflect on the Philippines’ most lasting colonial heritage to express faith, doubt, indifference, and humor.

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Called Transmitting: Thoughts & Prayers, the show will have its works staged to mimic the Stations of the Cross, a Catholic devotion that follows Jesus Christ’s last moments culminating in his burial.

Instead of depicting the traditional 14-steps, the exhibition’s stations express the participants’ perspective on spirituality & religion, conveyed through a cross-pollination of media and techniques. 

From left: [On the Floor] “Mater Dolorosa,” by Ged Merino; “Appearance,” “Apparition,” “Burden,” and “Horizon,” all by Mideo Cruz; “Star Spangled” and “A Thousand Flowers Bloom,” both by Racquel de Loyola. [On the wall] “Converging Horizons of Faith 1,” by Jess Codeniera; “Hanap Hanap,” by Lhee Taneo-Valles; “Converging Horizons of Faith 2,” by Jess Codeniera; “Savage Redemption,” by Joji Duque III.

The first station initiates the viewer to a baptismal ritual, leading to a wall of paintings that explore institutional and social critique. In the main hall, glass bibles introduce a triumvirate of biblical characters asserting their import, concluded by a grotto/altar that invites personal reflection.

A procession of skulls positioned along the stairs guides the viewer to an improvised shrine to virginity, next to a black room that features documentations of faith and fandom.

Mio Aceremo’s glass bibles, titled “Ang sistematikong pangangamkam ng territoryo kasabay ang sapilitang paglapat ng batas, pamahalaan, at relihiyon ng isang mananakop laban sa isang kultura,” 2021

In the same space, soft sculptures beside an image of a female nude dismantle sexual taboos. All the while, viewers will find fragile figurines randomly positioned around the gallery, to serve as reminders of the doubts that weave in and out of our spiritual  consciousness.

The stations’ last stop is a Santo Niño circus, featuring various interpretations of the popular icon. It speaks to our emancipation from colonial impositions, and our right to self-determination in the spiritual realm. 

“Baptismo,” by Jinggoy Buensuceso

Organized by Omnibus MNL, the show runs until January 8, 2021 at Modeka Gallery, La Fuerza Compound, Don Chino Roces Ave., Makati. For more information, visit on IG.

Banner Photo: “Save our Souls” and “Quiapo Basilica,” by Veejay Villafranca

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