by Katrina Stuart Santiago
SLIDESHOW OF KULO PICTURES WITH CAPTIONS – Click here to view full screen
The photos were taken on July 2, 2011, way before ‘Poleteismo’ by Mideo Cruz became controversial. This reveals the manner in which I go through an exhibit, as expected, i.e., given the way the works are laid out in a gallery, and how I always go back, and reroute, reconsider, revise my view of them as captured on camera. This also reveals how Kulô actually looked, how it stood, without the noise that the Poleteismo issue brought, and really without the conservatives and the powers-that-be caring much about the art that was here.
On that late afternoon (I was waiting to watch Virgin Labfest at the CCP), there were only about two other people who walked in and did one round of the gallery. One watched the Pacena installation and walked away. It was an empty gallery as you can see, but it was filled with work that mattered, over and above that one work that made the evening news. I don’t care if you don’t think much of these works, but I sure as hell would rather that they aren’t silenced by the decision to close down the exhibit altogether.
Pag-usapan natin ang trabaho, hindi ang tao. Pag-usapan natin ang sining, huwag nating busalan. Pag-usapan natin ang ating mga kalayaan. Ang pagtanggap sa kritisismo. Ang patuloy na pagtatangka. — Katrina Stuart Santiago, GMA News