The Philippine Street Art
I was surprised to learn that Philippine Street Art/Graffiti is now exhibited in museums such as The Lopez Museum. Because it is considered as an illegal form of art and often labeled as vandalism. But when I saw the works of Pilipinas Street Plan, I felt undying admiration for the artists, because I am a fan of pop culture. I am glad that this kind of art is now being recognized as Filipino culture.
In acknowledgement of it's own implication in the propelling of inclusionary and exclusionary mechanisms of institutions engaging with the contested construct of culture , LMM assembled three collaborative formations (Pilipinas Street Plan, Plataporma and Rock Ed Philippines) and the Bicol-Manila shuttling artist , Maya Munoz. Opening up the spaces and object/image trove of the museum and library for their potential intervention ( by way of painting, sound and video, photography, as well as installation) was a calculated bid to have them come alongside our own looking back and thrusting forward vis-a-vis the multifaceted and hopefully even more constructively interdisciplinary direction that LMM intends to increasingly apply to. -ELR