Gerilya is an artist collective formed in 2008. Its three original members - Jano, Kube, and Zap - hail from the College of Fine Arts at the University of the Philippines Diliman.
Gerilya is involved in various art related activities and experimental ventures such as comics, street art, graffiti animation, fine art exhibitions, and illustration commissions. They classify their works as falling into three main categories: political, socio-cultural, and historical.
Their work is inspired by Philippine culture and history, exploring socio-political issues and national identity.
“Filipinos have lost their identity and we are aching to help our people find ourselves. Culturally and historically, colonization factored hugely into this and now globalization threatens to worsen the problem. That’s why we really strive to preserve and bring back our consciousness as a people. Artists are agents of culture and it’s up to us to do our part.”
“Our work will always revolve on one thing, and that is creating art as a Filipino artist would. We love to draw on our collective experiences as Filipinos, Filipino artists who realize that we have a rich culture and beautiful values where we can find inspiration in our art.”
Over the years, Gerilya have expanded into many different mediums including wheatpastes, murals, comics, t-shirts, and video games.
While they do not shy from being critical, Gerilya are also cultural agents of the Philippines. They frequently work with historians and politicians to produce murals that tell the stories of local heroes and communities.
Artist — Gerilya
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