4:29pm — November 19, 2007

A two-day run last month of a rare art exhibit left the public clamoring for another opportunity to view the genius of an “artist of the people’s struggle.” The event featured some 100 drawings and paintings of a Philippine countryside in resistance, all done by Mindanaoan Parts Bagani.

It was an art exhibit that would have surely sent the big guns of the National Press Club squirming. Now, they can do just that.

Due to popular demand, the works of artist Parts Bagani will again be shown in a four-day exhibit dubbed as “Sining Luwal ng Kanayunan.” It shall open with a brief program at 10 AM, November 26, 2007 at Galleria 2, Faculty Center, University of the Philippines, Diliman Quezon City. A forum on art and the freedom of expression is scheduled at 9 AM on November 29, 2007, Recto Hall, UP Facuty Center. Popular artists have been invited to perform.

While most artists bask in the atmosphere of Metro Manila and the big cities elsewhere, Parts Bagani opted to stay in the countryside where he was born. In Mindanao, he experienced the turmoil of conflicting forces, and painted a terrain of warfare. His works show his fluency in imaging an environment that is taboo for many an artist, but of which he has gained a profound understanding.

His art abounds with scenes of resistance even of warriors in repose, of schools in open bamboo structures in the forest, of people singing songs of victory, of battered shoes and the lowly rice pot. But most of all, there are the endless mountains and hills that have become host to the struggle itself.

The exhibit is sponsored by the First Quarter Storm Movement, Tag-ani Performing Arts Society, Asosasyon ng mga Kabataang Artista, Kritiko at Iskolar ng Sining at Kultura (UP ASTERISK), UP Alay Sining, Kabataang Artista para sa Tunay na Kalayaan (Karatula) and the Congress of Teachers for Nationalism and Democracy.

The exhibit is a fund-raising project for the benefit of cancer-stricken UP Prof. Monico Atienza.

For reference contact MARILI FERNANDEZ-ILAGAN at 0920-699486 or you can e-mail her at marilif@yahoo.com.

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