ILOMOCA hangs an all-female art at AV Gallery

Bandila (Oil on Canvas) by Lydia Velasco
Bandila (Oil on Canvas) by Lydia Velasco

The Iloilo Museum of Contemporary Art marked its first year anniversary last March by unveiling an all-female artworks for the Adoracion Valencia Gallery.

All of the works on display were taken from the rich collection of finance honcho Edwin Valencia, the museum’s main benefactor and whose mother – Adoracion – is honored as the namesake of the Third Floor gallery.

The hanging of an all-female art collection on the walls of the permanent gallery certainly added a dimension, meaning, and significance on this year’s Women’s Month celebration across the metropolis with a theme that said “We make change work for women.”

Varied female masterpieces

The show is a well-deserve dedication on the country’s female artists especially that majority of the works on display at the lower level galleries were done by male artists. 

The exhibition cycle offers a visual feast and a learning delight on the different mediums, materials, approaches, and strokes by artists who used various sizes to accentuate a theme, convey a message or highlight a statement.

The selection offers a rare opportunity for Ilonggos and visitors to Iloilo to get a closer look on earlier works and recent masterpieces of known and respected contemporary female artists like Anita Magsaysay-Ho, Brenda Fajardo, Araceli Dans, Lydia Velasco, Moreen Austria, Ofelia Gelvezon Tiqui , and Nelfa Querubin, among others.

Left: At the top is an Untitled (Drawing on Paper) by Anita Magsaysay-Ho and Double Happiness (Acrylic on Linen) by Ofelia GelvezonTiqui. Right:Altruist (Mixed Media) by Moreen Austria.
Left: At the top is an Untitled (Drawing on Paper) by Anita Magsaysay-Ho and Double Happiness (Acrylic on Linen) by Ofelia GelvezonTiqui. Right:Altruist (Mixed Media) by Moreen Austria.
Sarah Geneblazo’sJeopardy (Oil on Canvas) and Chati Coronel’s Carmine (Acrylic on Canvas)
Sarah Geneblazo’sJeopardy (Oil on Canvas) and Chati Coronel’s Carmine (Acrylic on Canvas)
A set of Untitledcollage by Yasmin Sison.
A set of Untitledcollage by Yasmin Sison.

Balanced and Cohesive

Unlike the first series which featured  around 70 pieces, the new set is comprised of 37 artworks inviting a more relaxed mood and granting the audience  an unhurried rhythm in viewing the art pieces.

The floor plan and arrangement of artworks was patterned to give a balance and attain unity as such the over-all presentation is more cohesive,” museum officer Allyn May Canja told IMT In The Frame.

By following the principle of balance, the less crowded set-up offered viewers more time to have a one-on-one encounter with each of the pieces that are on display and learn more about the artists who made them.

Art appreciation of the guests
Art appreciation of the guests

Among the artists whose works are featured are: Ambie Abaño, Norma Belleza, Jovan Benito, Malyn Bonayog, Chati Coronel, Marina Cruz, Olivia d’Aboville, Lanelle Abueva-Fernando, Lyra Garcellano, Sarah Geneblazo, Geraldine Javier, Aileen Lanuza, Michelle Hollanes-Lua, Kat Malazarte, Suzette Bernardo-Montelibano, Yasmin Sison, Clairelynn Uy, Liv Vinluan, Janice Liuson-Young, and Lisa de Leon- Zayco.

Iloilo is experiencing a surge on art engagement in the last three years and women artists has definitely occupied the frontline in pushing for a regional development on arts and culture. Women’s art have noticeably gained much attention especially with the emergence of young female artists who are courageous to show works ranging from experimentations up to award-winning pieces and to deal with subjects that affects the lives of women today.

While it is the first for ILOMOCA to feature an all-female works, it will certainly not going to be the last.

Kat Malazarte’sFiat VoluntasTua (Oil on Canvas).
Kat Malazarte’sFiat VoluntasTua (Oil on Canvas).
Left: Araceli Dans | Right: Norma Belleza
Left: Araceli Dans | Right: Norma Belleza
Mass Hysteria Number Two (Oil on Canvas) by LivVinluan
Mass Hysteria Number Two (Oil on Canvas) by LivVinluan
Expandible Series by MalynBonayag (Acrylic on Canvas)
Expandible Series by MalynBonayag (Acrylic on Canvas)

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