Saturday, August 16, 2014, 6 pm
August 16 to October 17, 2014
1335MABINI proudly presents KIRI DALENA in a solo exhibition entitled “Recent Slogans” from August 16 to October 17, 2014.
Erased Slogans [are] archival photographs that I [have] altered digitally. These photographs of mass mobilizations were collected from the tumultuous period before the declaration of Martial Law by the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos in 1972. The idea for singlehandedly erasing every word of protest found on the placards began as a demonstration of how the hand of the artist can be complicit in the production of historical amnesia. – Kiri Dalena, on her piece nominated for the Sovereign Asian Art Prize in 2013.
For her upcoming exhibition in 1335MABINI, Kiri Dalena will be presenting recent and new works grounded upon the fundamental premise of Erased Slogans – the constant struggle in upholding human rights amidst state suppression. While the preliminary subject matter that underwent digital artistic intervention was the condition of the Philippine nation during the advent of the Martial Law era, Dalena will also present pieces confronting the country’s current state of affairs. Moreover, the artist further expands on the repertoire of media involved in the simulation of censorship by working on actual video footage of rallies and demonstrations. As such, Recent Slogans lay bare how social inequalities and injustices continue to persist, and underscore how relevant protest is now as it was before – if not much more.