On its 6th year, CANVAS’ Looking for Juan Outdoor Banner Project celebrates the beauty and importance of stories with Myths and Legends. Gathering the work of various Filipino artists, the show features mythological creatures, characters in Philippine folklore, and even icons – modern Filipino legends.
This work reflects not just the legend of the pineapple – the story of Pina who was cursed by her mother because of her laziness and stubbornness but also translates how cluttered we are these days. Most of us find faults in others, focusing on small, insignificant things, but tending to overlook the most important things in life such as family.
"My art is a penetration of the strong human emotions submerged deep in the subconscious, where the savage, dark truths of existence lie buried. I mostly work with portraits because I believe that they are the supposed expressive representation of humanity: narcissistic, selfish, and helplessly alone in life and death."
There is an old joke that a Filipino's nose bleeds from mental strain whenever he attempts to speak a foreign language. If that were the case, then the flat nose of the Indio has bled for every foreign language and culture he has had to learn.
For centuries, multiple nations have tried to assimilate and educate the indigenous peoples of the Philippines until the revolt of the Katipuneros against their final colonial ruler.
These days, most Filipinos are either bilingual or trilingual. The common Indio has now evolved into the modern Filipino -- a multicultural race bred from a melting pot of cultures bleeding into each other.
This work is inspired from the Bontoc myth about Lumawig, son of Kabunian (the god of the Bontoc tribe) that depicts the scene when he (Lumawig) with his dog visited the earth and found our that it is flat because when his dog barks it echoes.
He then was able to create mountains by using rain and cloth.
Looking for Juan is a program of CANVAS that centers on creative activities and events designed to explore the use of art to drive debate and discussion on selected social issues, particularly national identity, free expression, technology & culture, and sustainable development.
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