ART FAIR PHILLIPPINES 2016
‘Fuckin’ Politics’ by: Yoshitomo Nara
Price: 50,000 pesos
Who needs politics?
Politics according to Wikipedia is the process of making decisions applicable to all members of each group with the objective of achieving and exercising positions of governance — organized control over a human community, particularly a state.
Politics in the Philippines has been dominated by powerful families for as long as anyone can remember. The Head of the family normally holds the highest possible position. When his term expires, he runs for a higher position and the wife runs for his old position. Eventually, their sons & daughters runs for elective posts starting as a “Sangguniang Kabataan” or Municipal Council. One or two families shuffling for electoral positions. This is now what we call Political Dynasties. While there may be nothing wrong in Political Dynasty per se, as some dynasties have made positive contributions, but by and large the dynastic system in the Philippines has limited the growth of real democracy. It is no longer a representative of the broad majority in any place.
Politics in the Philippines has been characterized by Patronage. Law makers make decisions based on fiscal incentives rather that beliefs. Voters that make choices based on personality rather than reasoned policies. Under the traditional itang na loob system of patronage, or obligation earned through favors, voters expect money or jobs in return for their political support. In many cases politician’s performance was based on dole-outs not on programs or policies. Philippine concepts about debt repayment and kinship responsibilities plays a major role in how political networks. The support of the military and the Catholic church are key to political survival and success in the Philippines. Thus, Promises are generally not kept.
Politics in the Philippines has also been characterized by Power — known for its rough-and-tumble political scene. Every now and then it seems the entire country is on the verge of collapse because of a coup attempt, People Power protest or impeachment effort. Politicians can go to the point of having their opponents killed just to preserve their hold onto power.
On the day-to-day level, politicians are unable to achieve many of their goals and carry out programs they proposed due to political opposition, mainly from the ruling elite.
I don’t think there has never been a shortage of idealistic Filipinos who can provide the kind of strong leadership the country needs.
Unfortunately, Philippine politics would not allow to relinquish power to a new political class.
We may have new guys coming out, but sadly, while wealth and power are confined to a very few this new generation will always have limitations.
‘The Hat in Early Summer’ by: Yayoi Kusama
Price: 10,000,000 pesos
I took this picture and from last thursday until now, i still dont get what this art work wants to tell the people. I took a picture of it, because honestly i got surprised with how much it costs. For an acrylic painting, but i must know first the story behind why did he chose to paint this.
‘Reborn as a fighter’ by: Yeo Kaa
This photo is a symbolism. It depicts a person who had to go thru something really tragic and came out fighting in the end. The person never gave up on despite the circumstances that surrounds her. We all go through trials but it’s already up to us on how are we going to deal with it. Just like LIFE. It throws us so many things that we think we cannot handle, we overthink and it sometimes lead to discouragement but then God will never give us trials that we cannot handle. Not relying on just our own strength but in the strength and guidance of the Almighty.
‘Desolation’ by: Yeo Kaa
DESOLATION is a feeling of great unhappiness or hopelessness. This depicts a picture of a teenager depressed or sad. This is an all too familiar phase because everyone goes thru this stage consciously or unconsciously. I think, this teenage had a bad past thats hunting her. Not really hunting her but then, there are regrets. maybe the body of the 2 men symbolises her exes that she had an affair with and still left her. surroundings in this teenager’s room shows some kind of confusion but it does not stop there. Where there is confusion, clarity will follow if given the right guidance.If there are things that aren’t nice from our past, we should use it as a LESSON to become better and stronger in the future. Life doesn’t end in having a not so good past. Yes there may be people whom will judge you or hate you but one person who will understand and accept you and your past is enough to still keep on going with life.
‘Self’ by: LYNYRD PARAS
This painting symbolises how this world criticise the the people that has interest in body arts, how people judge only through outer image. Some people perceives that if somebody has tattoos, “OH WHAT A REBEL”, “HE MIGHT DO SOMETHING BAD”, “HE MIGHT KILL ME”, “HE’S A SNATCHER, HOLD-UPPER, CARNAPPER etc…” ITS FREAKING SAD!!! PEOPLE JUDGE OTHERS BASED ON HOW THEY LOOK, THEY DON’T EVEN TRY TO GET TO KNOW THE PERSON FIRST. SOMETIMES, THEM WHO HAS BODY ARTS ARE MORE KIND THAN THOSE WHO ARE CLEAN PHYSICALLY BUT DEEP DEEP DOWN INSIDE ARE JUST ACTING CLEAN. The mirror is the proof of it, a mirror can only show how you look, it doesn’t show your personality, education nor experiences in life. The guy next to her was perhaps her brother or someone special to her. The skull to me shows that he has been killed due to his appearance or if not physically killed, inside, he feels so dead and unhappy on how people look at him without even trying to know his personality.
‘The Unicorn Club: Boyfriends for everyone’ by: Maria Jeona Zoleta
I think the message that this painting want to convey is that, now a days, early or teenage pregnancy is rampant. It’s sad to hear but sometimes, or most of the time, for those people who are less fortunate in life, what they do is sell their body through the “SPECIAL SERVICE” that they will be offering to men. In Clubs, it sometimes doesn’t matter if who’s for whom. As long as the guy or the male has the money to pay for the service or for tips, club girls are willing to do anything. Also, now, a lot of bars are open sometimes near schools. So what happens most of the time is, guys would flirt with girls. you would see drunk people making out with one another. Here in taft, it’s called “5 second walang malisya” that sometimes would end up making out again with other people or sometimes, sex.
‘Surf Season’ by: Maria Jeona Zoleta
SURF SEASON just means summer is here! Surfing was a central part of ancient Polynesian culture and predates European contact. And the “art” of Surfing started in Hawaii. It was only recently that surfers discovered the beaches in the beautiful Island of the Philippines. This art depicts a group of people who had been looking for this “surf break” for some time now. But i see the women layered naked is depicted as the sand in the beach and the man is holding a knife rather than a surfboard. I think something tragic happened while they were on their trip.
‘Accident’ by: Voodoo
google defines Accident as an unfortunate incident that happens unexpectedly and unintentionally, typically resulting in damage or injury or an event that happens by chance or that is without apparent or deliberate cause. while wikipedia defines it as “also known as an unintentional injury, is an undesirable, incidental and unplanned event that could have been prevented had circumstances leading up to the accident been recognised, and acted upon, prior to its occurrence.”. What I can see in this painting is that, people who are busy enjoying their trip is unaware of the many accidents that happened in the beach. They we’re worried when the big wave came while these mermaids were busy collecting skulls of those people who already died because of accidents in that place. Before we go somewhere, we should always be aware and sure that the place and the activities that will be done are safe and would not cause injury nor death of a person.
The people who came to visit the fair on the day i visited are so different with those visiting the national museum. The people here are elite! Since this is a buying and selling art fair, you would really see sosyal people who are collecting paintings for their home. Even Television Artists visited. I personally wanted this more than in national museum but yeah except for the visitors. In this art fair, you can look closely to the paintings but in NM, you should be a meter away from the painting which is kinda sad cause you wont be able to see the details upclose. Also what i saw in this art fair that I think are nice, Its interactive. brought by the technology, there is one artwork that doesn’t move but once you used your phone, it shows something else and that’s really amazing. It’s just sad that i went here alone and there were LOTS of people.
Here is my picture with the ticket on my wrist ❤