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These 5 Artists Celebrate Home And Roots In MindanaoArt 2021

Catch their works in MindanaoArt 2021 art fair.

When you’re an artist from Mindanao, you don’t have to look very far for inspiration. The province boasts a rich history and culture that reflects in all aspects of life—including art.

This was evident in MindanaoArt 2021, an art fair featuring the works of more than 300 artists represented by 35 galleries from five regions. While some expressed themselves through universal themes and styles, others, like these five, stayed close to home, and celebrated the look, colors, and spirit of the regions in their latest works.

“Being in Between” – Jefferson “Jeff” Bangotfor-these-five-artists-mindanao-is-a-muse

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Guests who enter Poblacion Market Central, the venue for MindanaoArt 2021, will find themselves “being in between” two murals that depict “the past and present that made us who we are,” says Jeff. While the first mural contains the likes of Captain America, Wonder Woman, Mickey Mouse, R2D2, and other Western characters, the second features Filipino icons Darna, Lapu-Lapu, Lastikman, and the Katipuneros. (Read: Which Filipino National Hero Defines Your Personality?)

“We are in between every tensions the society creates—adopting, advocating, or rejecting. Whatever we choose to do is who we become.”

“Sarimanok” – Tanya Gaisano Lee

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“The Sarimanok is the legendary bird that has become an ubiquitous symbol of Maranao art,” writes Tanya, another artist whose work is in being exhibited for MindanaoArt 2021. “It is depicted as a fowl with colorful wings and feathered tail, holding a fish on its beak or talons. The head is profusely decorated with scroll, leaf, and spiral motifs. It is said to be a symbol of good fortune.” (Read: Who is Abdulmari Imao, the inspiration behind the Imao Obra Typeface?)

“The rooster as an art theme represents an important aspect of our cultural identity,” she adds. “Despite its harsh and unfair portrayal as a beast of savage combat, the rooster’s proud crow and bearing symbolizes our fortitude in times of adversity, our collective resolve to unite in defiance of oppression, and our steadfast hope that better days are yet to come.”

Portrait in oil on canvas – Ams Tolentino

Is it a photograph—or a painting? With Ams Tolentino’s steady hand and eye for the smallest details, it’s hard to tell. The 20-year-old hyperrealist painter from Agusan del Sur shows us how he did it in this time-lapse video. Amazing.

“Ingod” – Jag Bueno

Mindanaowon for “village,” “native land,” “city,” or “world,” “Ingod” is also the title of this bas relief with people representing the 11 indigenous ethno-cultural groups of Davao City, living harmoniously in the space they share. Truly a piece that’s worth a mention for the MindanaoArt 2021. 

“Fighting Culture” – Roger D. Gamoro Jr.

“Larong Pinoy is part of our culture. Iba’t ibang kultura man ang dumating, ‘wag kalimutan ipaglaban, mahalin, at tangkilikin ang sariling atin.” (Read: These Video Games With Pinoy Heroes Could Be Your Next Favorite)

MindanaoArt 2021 runs till October 31, 2021 at Poblacion Market Central, Davao City.

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