Artists call for action against climate change

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In celebration of the National Arts Month, vMeme Contemporary Art Gallery and Earth Day Network Philippines Inc. (EDNPI), present a multi-venue exhibit that aims to fight climate change.

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In partnership with SM Supermalls, the exhibit is shown in public spaces until May to reach a wider audience. It opened on February 18 at SM Southmall and will be displayed there until today in which a solidarity ceremony happens at 4 p.m. It then moves on to SM BF Parañaque from February 24 to March 2.

A mix of veteran and young artists like national artist Napoleon Abueva, Ramon Orlina, Francisco Verano, Ernie Patricio, Cana, Edgar Talusan Fernandez, Pablo Baens Santos, Veejay Villafranca, Resty Flores, Kay Malilong-Isberto, Kermit Tesoro, Crown Dolot, Little Wing Luna, Jo A. Santos, and more come together for the exhibit.

“Artists in this show do not only aspire for awareness; they aspire for action. Art has always been a means to capture picturesque images, but aside from documenting beautiful scenes, art also expresses challenges in our society in the form of criticism or call for action,” shares curator Avie Felix of vMeme Contemporary.

“With artists supporting environmental causes, it is not hard to imagine a phenomenal day when each and every Filipino embraces humanity’s role to take steps towards saving the environment. We are all the more inspired to continue sustainable projects knowing that more and more sectors (like art) are contributing and making a move,” agreed EDNPI communications officer Ryan Alfred Go.

And over 100 artworks are collected to showcase this love for the environment, as well as raise funds for reforestation programs of EDNPI.

“Palette for Nature gives you access to both picturesque and critical paintings about our environment to urge you to do something exponentially effective and sustainable about it. It’s a mix of nostalgia, utopia and dystopia but all for one goal,” Felix added.

Besides the sharing their artworks, a group of artists led by Ernie Patricio will also conduct on-the-spot art demonstrations and short workshops throughout the exhibit. Visitors are encouraged to engage with participating artists and environmentalists to share stories and experiences about the threats of climate change.

“2013’s Super Typhoon Yolanda is already a message to us all. The warming temperatures cause these storms to be powerful than the last, and come faster than humanity can be prepared. And as members of the art community, what we can do is to utilize art to never forget our learnings from Ondoy, Pepeng and Yolanda and make the most of what we can still do now,” encouraged assistant curator Krinkle Yap.

Finally, the exhibit is in memory of EDNPI’s founder Odette Alcantara who is a patron of the arts and advocate of the environment.

EDNPI’s reforestation project site is located at Barangay Sta. Monica Municipality of Tagkawayan in the province of Quezon. It covers a total of 200 hectares of degraded forestland.

For more information, call 975-0052, 964-5951 or 09175685939, or e-mail vmemecontemporary@gmail.com. Visit www.vmemecontemporary.com.

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