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LIWANAG: A journey through the Philippines way of life
16 Oct 2018 - 30 Oct 2018|
The Philippine Embassy in London|
Inspired by Filipino Modern Masters Fernando Amorsolo and Vicente Manansala, expedition artist Maria Murga challenged the conventions of life and art by travelling to remote areas of rural Philippines as a plein air documenter of the world around her.
The excitement of Aurora indigenous children spearfishing, the majestic allure of a coconut dehusker in Baler, the charm of a fisherman unloading tuna at General Santos pier, the sensuality of a Zamboangueña in her prayers, are transformed into tangible monochrome drawings exalting the human spirit through intense emotions and expressive movement.
Based on her solid expertise in anatomy and humanist ideals, Murga passionately works with a classical light foundation and a contemporary vision to illuminate the powerful authenticity of Filipino provincial life from the shadows of the unknown.
Through the artist’s eye, the essence of the Philippines is revealed: a multicultural and pluriracial archipelago united in a visual poem of beauty, endurance and human dignity.