TutoK would like to manifest its stand on the issues surrounding the “Kulo” exhibit and Mideo Cruz’ “Poleteismo” in particular:
We enjoin everyone to view artworks on the basis of its over-all message and not focus on specific elements of the work.
We are one with any person, artist or not, whose rights are curtailed and voices suppressed.
We condemn the cowardly act of those who vandalized the works.
We encourage artists and curators to continue coming up with projects that bring to fore the value of discourse and critical thinking.
We prevail upon the Cultural Center of the Philippines, its officers, and its board of trustees to take a firm stand and NOT kowtow to the fascistic dictates of the religious establishments and the organizations affiliated with them.
We uphold Article 3 section 4 of the Philippine constitution which states that:
“No law shall be passed abridging the freedom of speech, of expression, or of the press, or the right of the people peaceably to assemble and petition the government for redress of grievances.”
We call for a unified front from all artists, cultural workers and educators in protecting our basic rights. Despite ruffled feathers and sensibilities, the liberty to express oneself must always prevail.
TutoK would like to remind everyone that we live in a democratic country. Moreover, we believe that history and culture must be absorbed and reflected on with the all its shortcomings, frailties and repulsive experiences; and art allows us these ways of seeing.
August 11, 2011