Elmo's House
Artist Residency

Batan, Aklan
Philippines

 
Musyon mga Unga! Sa Inyong Pangabuhi

Musyon mga Unga! Sa Inyong Pangabuhi

Paniki Gallery
Batan, Aklan
March 2019

 

ONE-DAY ART SHOW
SUNDAY, MARCH 10, 2019

This group art exhibition was curated by artist-in-residence Christine Cipriano and features the artworks of children from I Learn Child Center in Batan, Aklan.

Aalhiyah Khirstin Panado 
Abbie Lorraine C. Argawanon 
Alexandrei Ian Dwynne A. Laurenio
Alliah Viel M. Chiong
Angel Danielle D. Salvador 
Arthur John Garcia
Brent Haley Inan
Briannah Jane F. Alianza
Danthea Soleil A. Laurente
Erica Jane P. Alianza
Franz Dela Cruz Bautista
Gab G. Bermudo
Isaiah Cleope
Jan Eisen S. Hilario
Jasmen Thea M. Loching

Jenje Kathleen Tinao
Jhoe L. Gaspar
John Aaron Clavel-Cignal
Josh Matthew O. Sucgang
Joshua Federico Doroteo Leonardo
Jzyl-J T. Flores
Nino Genanel M. Gaga
Qinn Jan P. Msiagal
Rhiann Dal S. Victoriano
Ryana Grace P. Perlas
Rylle Veram V. Delos Santos
Ryzza Monique U. Reynado
Sean Andrei Candelario
Sean D. Francisco
Shanelle R. Dalida
Starla Lee Juanico
Thyron G. Abearde
Waleed Kyle Chrysler Alforte
Yvone Nicole B. Perlas
Z Sarina Jane C. Tinao

 
 
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Musyon mga Unga! Sa Inyong Pangabuhi, or (Come Children! To your Career) is a group art exhibition featuring the works of students from I Learn Child Center in Batan. As a guest instructor, Christine Cipriano worked with the children to understand how the Filipino Diaspora has coloured their aspirations for the future, if at all. 

The prevalent rise of immigration, expatriation and economic pressures concern a significant number of Filipino households. This phenomenon might lead to ambitions to move outside the country, like the uncle in Dubai or the sister in Macau or the neighbour in the U.S. In popular media, there is a tendency to romanticize the life of an Overseas Filipino Worker or immigrants, without exploring the darker realities and sacrifices that come with it. 

How does this reflectively impact and permeate the distillation of Filipino culture, and precisely how does migration affect this generation’s incoming legacy? 

As a Filipino who is a product of said phenomenon, Christine Cipriano’s research is profoundly intimate and informed by personal experience. From her education, socialization, as well as the yearly Balikbayan boxes from family overseas, Christine recognizes the Western world has a much more substantial impact in her day to day than her native roots. 

Through working with the Batan I-Learn Child Center, Christine Cipriano attempts to answer such complex ideas directly with young students. By engaging elementary school children to illustrate themselves in their idealized professions and destinations, Christine Cipriano is closer to a new understanding. Accompanying these illustrations are their names, year level, and the places where they will want to live.

 
 
 
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Many Thanks to the following people who made this project possible:


To the teachers of I Learn Child Centre, who provided class assistance and guidance during the weekly art workshop, thank you.

To school director Abigail Salazar for her incredible support and patience; for opening I Learn Child Centre to Christine Cipriano and Elmo’s House Artist Residency, we are so grateful. The time spent in your classroom with the children was invaluable and will be remembered fondly. 

To the parents of Christine Cipriano, Mr. Nelson and Mae Ann Cipriano who has been a consistent source of enlightenment and love, words of thanks are not enough. This exhibition is dedicated to you. 

To the many children who participated in the exhibition. Keep dreaming big dreams.

Mural at Songcolan

Mural at Songcolan