Kayumanggi: Post Colonial Filipinx
Curated by Karlota Contreras-Koterbay
October 4 to 26, 2018, Tipton Gallery
Reception: October 5, First Friday, 6 to 8 p.m.
The ‘Kayumanggi: Post Colonial Filipinx’, a group exhibition featuring Filipino American artists is curated by Karlota Contreras-Koterbay as part of the Diverse & Beautiful: Black Asian and Hispanic Appalachia project. The multimedia exhibition focuses on the politics of skin color and post colonial investigation of the nuanced, hybrid identity through art as agency, with interest on use of new media, and technology such as in the form of photography, film/video, sculptural installations and animation.
Kayumanggi: Post Colonial Filipinx is also the third in a series of exhibitions as part of a collaborative project between the ETSU Slocumb Galleries and the American Museum of Philippine Art, highlighting Filipina/o, and Filipinx-American artists, with support from the Tennessee Arts Commission, and various regional cultural institutions. Some of the invited participating artists for Kayumanggi: post Colonial Filipinx include Alejandro Acierto (TN), Leticia Bajuyo (TN/TX), Richard Brown (TN), Gina Osterloh (OH) and first Filipino Emmy awardee animator Jess Espanola (CA).
The ‘Diverse and Beautiful: Black, Asian and Hispanic Appalachia’ project is significant in the evolving identity, forging cultural inclusion and stronger bonds in the diverse communities in the region. The arts’ potential as agency provide opportunities for community solidarity, social tolerance, break down barriers and transgress the cultural isolationism that Appalachia is historically stereotyped, as well as push against the contemporary divisive political rhetoric. It is very relevant and invaluable to address issues of identity, collective values, social justice and inclusion in this time of cultural strife and white supremacists’ political agendas.
Artists and cultural workers are given opportunities and responsibility to serve as beacons of hope, and the work contribute to collective solidarity and critical discourse.
The exhibition series and related activities feature empowered Filipino American artists, whose work address the discrepancy in the visibility of minority Asian American communities in the mainstream art, media and social consciousness in the US. The mixed media installations are interactive and intergenerational, as well as distinctively visual, tactile and engaging, that allows the viewers to understand and celebrate diverse cultures. The related activities are crucial in advancing inclusive, creative, socially-engaged art and communities. The artist serves as role model and inspiration to the youth, seniors, disabled and people of color.