PostColonial Survival Kit
May 3-31, 2019
The Luggage Store Gallery: 1007 Market Street, SF 94103
A group exhibition featuring visual artists Kimberley Arteche, Wilfred Galila, Caroline Garcia, and Talaandig artists, Balugto Necosia Jr. and Salima Saway Agra-an, POSTCOLONIAL SURVIVAL KIT addresses the ways Pilipinxs have coped, survived, and adapted to the diasporic life that includes the challenges of racism, marginalization, and the ways that colonization has affected the interpersonal, the familial, and intra-communal relationships. Through sculpture, installation, and media art, POSTCOLONIAL SURVIVAL KIT explores these adaptations and nuances within the diaspora.
Marcelino ‘Balugto’ Necosia, Jr. is a multi-talented visual artist, musician, and instrument-maker, who grew up in the foothills of Mt Kitanglad fully immersed on his Talaandig culture. His strong influence would come from the gentle mentoring of his uncle, Datu Rogelio "Waway" Saway. Despite the lack of formal education, the Talaandig School of Living Tradition prepared Balugto to participate in a much larger artistic platform. He received the prestigious 2010 Philip Morris Philippine Art Awardee. He has performed and exhibited throughout the Philippines, including the National Museum of the Philippines and internationally at the Singapore Biennale, Singapore National Museum, International Music & Art Festival-Nami Island-Korea, and The Lower Branch Gallery-San Francisco, CA. This intimate familiarity with the land and its people provides him with opportunities for artistic expression. He is appropriately nicknamed “Balugto” (Talaandig for rainbow), as his talents are a true kaleidoscope of various arts: visual, performance, and music. Balugto recorded an album which features his musical talents as a percussionist. He has been creating visual art since 1997, a practice that includes painting, sculptures, and constructing the best sounding drums in the community. Balugto prefers to use natural pigments, and pen and ink in his paintings. Mountain soil itself provides Balugto with a vast variety of hues for his palette. Balugto performs as percussionist with Datu Rogelio “Waway” Saway in national concerts and cultural festivals in the Philippines. His vision is to share the perspectives of the Talaandig tribe with the world.
Salima Saway Agra-an is from the Talaandig tribe of Bukidnon. She has been practicing art for 15 years. She uses soil, grass, leaves, latex paint, acrylic, and water color as her medium. She wants to tell the world about the existence of their tribe. Salima has worked with tribal elders to document the epic chants and mythologies of her people and layer them into her paintings along with Talaandig cultural practices, symbols, and metaphors. She has exhibited works in the Philippines and internationally, with notable exhibitions including with the Kalinawa Art Foundation, and the 2013 Singapore Biennial. Salima’s contemporary soil paintings are included in collections in both the Philippines and abroad.
May 03, 2019, 6:30-8:00PM
May 10-12, 2019 (All Day)
Art Dialogue in the Pilipinx Diaspora
May 17, 2019, 6:30-8:00PM
Reading of Isugid Pinoy! directed by Joe Cascasan and performed by Bindlestiff Studios
May 24, 2019, 6:30-8:00PM
Hip Hop as Survival with Sammay Dizon, Rocky G, and Joy Ng
May 31, 2019, 6:30-8:00PM