“Songspiels and Tragicomedies” Chto Delat and Alfredo Esquillo at Bellas Artes Outpost
October 19, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - January 24, 2020 @ 7:00 pm
SONGSPIELS AND TRAGICOMEDIES
Chto Delat – What is to be done? and Alfredo Esquillo
7PM | October 19, 2019 | Bellas Artes Outpost
2/F The Alley at Karrivin
2316 Chino Roces Ave, Makati
This event is open and free to the public.
Bellas Artes Projects proudly presents Songspiels and Tragicomedies, an exhibition featuring the collective Chto Delat — What is to be done? (Russia) and Alfredo Esquillo (Philippines). Curated by BAP’s Artistic Director Inti Guerrero, this exhibition of absurd tragicomedies associates two formally distinctive practices that nevertheless each engage with the idiom of Social Realism, a prominent language in the art histories of both Eastern Europe and the Philippines. The exhibition reveals many paradoxes of class struggle in the current phase of capitalism entangled with corporate nationalism and institutionalized religion. The latter plays a major character in the exhibited works, from the revival of religious conservatism in post-socialist contexts tackled by Chto Delat to the fanatic Catholicism controlling the masses in Esquillo’s compositions.
Props comprising the work of Chto Delat were fabricated at the artisan workshops of Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar in Bataan. The opening reception is sponsored by Engkanto.
– from the website of Bellas Artes Projects