Not their stand
The news article entitled “Artists join Church protest” by Nida Buenafe on August 16, 2011 of the Visayan Daily Star, states that the Bishop was “acknowledging the Bacolod and Negros artists for their show of support to the church-led indignation rally…” We would like to clarify that the presence of a number of visual artists in the rally does not mean the support by all Bacolod and Negros artists of that particular church-led initiative, which included the burning of an effigy and the political championing of other causes that have nothing to do with the issue involving Politiesmo.
We refuse to be drawn into a political move concerning the installation of Mideo Cruz’s work at the CCP since the Church simplified the problem by turning it into an exclusive case of an attack to their faith. We condemn any move asking for a law that will allow the regulation of art exhibition and thus artistic freedom, confident in our constitutional rights as laid down in Article III Section 4. of the 1987 Philippine Constitution that provides, “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 remind all sectors that an artist is responsible to his truth and it merits the soul of the community that it is so. The united stand of our community of artists is NO TO CENSORSHIP.
Charlie Co, Gallery Orange
Dennis Ascalon, Black Artists in Asia
Nunelucio Alvarado, Pintor Kulapol
Performance Laboratory, Maskara Theatre Ensemble
Manny Montelibano, Produksyon Tramontina
Art Association of Bacolod – Negros
Roger Salvarita, Malkootha Arts Bud
Dwight Rodrigazo, Dance Pull Company