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Thursday, June 19, 2008

entry arrow10:35 PM | Woman as (Mythical) Hero

Are Southeast Asians and Asian Americans in a constant state of identity crisis? How do women from this milieu such issues using art, media, and technology?

Acclaimed women artists from Indonesia, the Philippines, Singapore, and the U.S. will come together to explore the dynamic convergences between eastern and western cultures and to interact with the local arts and academic communities of Manila, Dumaguete City, Bacolod City, and Bago City from June 15-June 30, 2008 as a part of Woman As (Mythical) Hero (WMH), the TRADE ROUTES pilot project within the Southeast Asian region.

These include Arahmaiani, performance and installation artist (Yogyakarta, Indonesia), Brenda V. Fajardo, painter (Manila, Philippines), Kai Syng Tan, media installation artist (Singapore), and Angel Velasco Shaw, video maker (Manila, Philippines, and New York, USA).

The WMH project asks: Are women heroes necessary? Who are they in everyday life? How are these women culturally and socially perceived and represented? How can they function in different contexts as multi-dimensional symbols and as human beings?

Through public forums, artist talks, art exhibitions, workshops, performances, and video screenings, these women will engage in academic exchanges, formal and informal sharing of their stories, cultures, and social concerns with local artists from the different regions. Such interactions aim to break through social barriers, like ignorance, discrimination, and lack of education, hence allowing for more dynamic relations between Southeast Asian, Asian American, and non-Asian artists.

WMH opened in Manila at the Philippine Educational Theater Association Multi-Purpose Hall last June 15. The project team is currently on tour to do a full series of talks, workshops, forums, exhibits, video screenings, and performances in Dumaguete, mainly at Silliman University, from June 19 to June 23. Afterwards, they will set up an exhibit at Orange Gallery in Bacolod City, which will run from June 27 to July 5, and conduct talks, forums, and workshops there as well.

In partnership with Kababaihan sa Sining at Bagong Sibul na Kamalayan and BAGLAN, Woman As (Mythical) Hero is supported by the Silliman University Cultural Affairs Committee, Arts Network Asia, the Asian Cultural Council, the Asian/Pacific/American Studies Program and Institute at New York University, Ford Foundation Jakarta, Foundation University, the National Arts Council of Singapore, the National Commission for Culture and the Arts, the Negros Museum, Negros Oriental State University, the Orange Gallery, and Silliman University.

For the complete list of events in Manila, Dumaguete, Bacolod, and Bago City, please refer to the Woman As (Mythical) Hero schedules [in PDF]. For inquiries, questions, and reservations for the Dumaguete events, please contact Sharon Dadang-Rafols at sdadang(at)yahoo(dot)com. To get a copy of the compete WMH Dumaguete press kit [in PDF], click here. To get the opening ceremonies program [in PDF], click here.

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