Arts of Survival
July 2 - September 2, 2022
Lung-aw is an Ilokano word that means “to emerge from drowning” or “to recover from a difficult situation”. This exhibit brings together the ocean and sea paintings by Joar Songcuya, photographs from the experimental dance film, “Bari-bari” by Ea Torrado and Chino Neri, and the recycled plastic art costume designs of Leeroy New used in the film, with the aim of encouraging reflection on our human relations to our natural environments, in particular our seas and oceans, as these are shaped and threatened by social and historical forces of our own making. How do we survive the social, economic, and ecological crises of our times? How do we recover from planetary catastrophe? The exhibit also explores the role of art in enabling us to envision and practice other ways to connect to each other and to our natural world, ways that would support a more sustainable planetary future than the one we now face. How might art act as an art of survival, an art of regeneration and transformation of our collective life?
Scenes from Ea Torrado and Chino Neri's film "Bari-bari" (We Mean No Harm), costume design by Leeroy New.
Leeroy New's pieces for the film alongside works by Joar Songcuya
Joar Songcuya, "Ocean, the making of a man," 12 x 30 inches
Oil and acrylic on canvas
Joar Songcuya, "Paskipiko II," 48 x 72 inches
Oil on canvas