The Cultural Center of the Philippines
Exhibit duration: 21 June to 23 July 2017
Opening reception: 21 June, Wednesday

Pasilyo Vicente Manansala (2F Hallway Gallery) 



Neglected spaces, outdoor informal storage spaces, dumps, and other eyesores of the Metro Manila comprise the body of work of young artist Ciron Señeres. Having lived in Balut, Tondo, the artist has explored finding beauty amidst the dumping grounds of old trucks and pier refuse. Depicted in stark heavily impastoed black and white, the photographic likeness of the landscape of neglect depicts both the negative relations of the city’s inhabitants with space around them, and the artist’s bid to make sense of his surroundings. The artist’s sensibility is expressed through finding beauty in where others fail to see it, and to make it apparent; thereby reclaiming it and representing it, romanticized perhaps, but infused with good intentions for those around him. For his first solo exhibition, the artist has identified the Cultural Center of the Philippines as the locus of his reclamation. The CCP is a charged space: it was intended by former first lady Imelda Marcos to be the house of what “true, good and beautiful” and yet, its presence is reminiscent of the neglect encountered by some sectors of the society which defied alignment with the Marcos government’s Bagong Lipunan. It also reminds people of the attempts of the Marcos government of whitewashing and covering shanties with art painted by artists favored by the state, whenever important official functions were held and dignitaries from other states were invited to the city beautiful.

Ciron Señeres (b. 1993) is a graduate of the Technical University of the Philippines Fine Arts Program.



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