Detail of the tapestry 'Mapa de lo que Ahora Se Conce como Las Islas Filipinas' by Cian DayritArtist Cian Dayrit’s piece, Mapa de lo que Ahora Se Conce como Las Islas Filipinas (“Map of What is Now Known as the Philippines”) recently acquired by the Lopez Museum and Library, has made its way to New York.
Mapa de lo que Ahora Se Conce como Las Islas Filipinas, along with two other pieces that he created for the Lopez Museum’s 2016 exhibition Exposition, took off from different iterations of cartography utilizing their role not only as tools of navigation, but also as material able to retell and (re)present history.
Dayrit, one of the three winners of the Ateneo Art Awards Fernando Zobel Prizes for Visual Arts in 2017, attempts to portray a cartographic image of the Philippines, reclaiming it from the vantage point of the colonial gaze and adding his own layers of history to create a new landscape
The newly acquired piece by the Lopez Museum is now part of the New Museum of Contemporary Art exhibition Songs for Sabotage, the fourth New Museum Triennial.
Songs for Sabotage brings together works across mediums by approximately 30 artists from 19 countries, majority of whom are exhibiting in the US for the first time. The exhibition will run until May 27, 2018. Visit the New Museum website at www.newmuseum.org .
. (Story/Photo byThea Garing and Yna Musico)