Thursday, August 19, 2010

Kapital: Tribute to Labor Art: Exhibit at Vargas Museum, U.P. Diliman

The UP Jorge B. Vargas Museum and Filipiniana Research Center (UPVM), the Department of Visual Communication of the UP College of Fine Arts (UP CFA-Viscom) with support from the UP Office for Initiatives in Culture and the Arts (OICA) present KAPITAL: Tribute to Labor which opened on 13 August 2010, Friday, 2:00PM at the West Wing Gallery of the Vargas.

Kapital is homage to labor and the plight of workers, at a time when their presence is made more obscure by the complex networks of world economies. Hardest hit by the recent economic crisis, workers not just in the Philippines but the world over endure unjust and oftentimes, precarious work conditions. The exhibition turns the idea of ‘capital’ on its head when toil is transformed to tribute by artists who themselves labor to craft images that speak of dignity in work. This task they take on as they strive to assert the rights and prospects of nameless workers who fuel the machinery of global industries.

Kapital features works by Pablo Baen-Santos, Ed Coronel, Mideo Cruz, Antipas Delotavo, Leonilo Doloricon, Boy Dominguez, Egai Talusan Fernandez, Mike Garcia, Renato Habulan, Gene de Loyola, Ed Manalo, Neo-Angono Artists Collective, Iggy Rodriguez, Eghai Roxas, Jose Tence Ruiz and Ugat Lahi. Kapital will run until 28 September 2010.

(To zoom in on the pictures, just click on them)

Eshel Mesina. “Amen.” 2010. Woodcut.

Egg Santos. “Bayanko, Capitsapatalim.” 2010. Spraypaint and permanent marker on kraft paper

Iggy Rodriguez. “Delusions.” 2010. Ink on Paper.

Leonilo Doloricon. “U.S. Diplomacy.” 2010. Digital print and acrylic on canvas.

Pablo Baen Santos. “Labor and Monkey Business.” 2010. Oil on canvas.

Leonilo Dolricon. “Morong 43 # 18.” 2010. Digital print and acrylic on canvas.

Manny Garibas. “Saksi.” 2010. Oil on canvas.

Renato Habulan. “Kubakub.” 2010. Oil on canvas.
 Leonilo Doloricon. “The Goose that lays the golden eggs.” 2010. Oil on canvas.

Antipas Delotanto. “Kolateral.” 2010. Acrylic on canvas.

Boy Dominguez. "Relasyon." 2003. Oil on canvas.

Egai Talusan Fernandez. “Puhunan at Tubo.” 2010. Mixed Media.

(Photos by: Chanda Shahani)


Tribute to Labor
13 August – 28 September 2010
GF, West Wing Gallery
Vargas Museum
University of the Philippines
Diliman, Quezon City

For more information, please contact the U.P. Vargas Museum at 928-1927 (direct line), 981-8500 local 4024 (U.P. trunk line), 929-1925 (fax), 0929-8567909 (mobile), or write You may also visit the Museum’s official website at

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