Duncan De Guzman, an AB Multimedia Arts graduating student of Asia Pacific College invites everyone to witness and be part of the art in a multimedia art egg-xhibition entitled “Kayumanggi Glitter” on August 28 – 31, 2015 in Pasig City Museum.
The word ‘Kayumanggi’ and ‘glitter’ have its own definition but having it together creates another meaning. Kayumanggi (cayomangi – brown in Tagalog) represents the Filipino people. The word ‘glitter’ nowadays in pop culture refers to anything Gay, like rainbows, fairies, unicorns, mermaids, anything shiny, colorful and fun. Kayumanggi Glitter is a project to celebrate the glitter of every Filipino, Gay or not. It aims to remind us that amidst our diverse gender and sexuality, we are all the same. Like the eggs, we are all made up of the same yolk, just in different egg shells.
The last 4 days of the month of August celebrates Filipino pride, no matter what province you came from, what language you speak, what religion you believe in, and what your gender and sexuality is. Everybody is welcome on the Opening night which will happen on August 28, 2015 at 7 PM. Performance art with audience participation is the highlight of the evening event. The performance art will continue on August 29, 2015 from 10 to 5:30 PM. There will be a KG Symposium on August 30, 2015, from 12 NN to 5:30 PM – a discourse with the performance artist and collaborators, talks with guest LGBTQ personalities and organizations, and inspirational and informative stories of selected LGBTQ members of our community. The symposium is an open mic event, an opportunity for everyone to freely express themselves; anyone may come and share their story of love and bravery. For the last day, August 31, 2015 from 10 to 5:30 PM, there will be workshops on painting, basic theater acting, and selected films will be screened.
Carle Duncan De Guzman is the initiator of Kayumanggi Glitter. Duncan is an AB Multimedia Arts graduating student of Asia Pacific College. He specializes on studio arts, mainly in performance art. For the sake of creative rebellion, he organized a collective composed of performance artists, along with cultural dancers, a tattoo artist, a fashion designer, an engineer and other artists who just want to collaborate for the sake of art. The collective seeks to revolutionize the perspectives and stereotypes of the Filipino LGBTQ in which we are to seek our roots and have a sense of nationhood.
History has always been presented through dominant ideologies. This multimedia project would like to introduce a different point of view coming from a minority. Kayumanggi Glitter believes that our ancestors don’t discriminate with regard to gender and sexuality. It may be possible that there have been a gay Datu, or a transgendered Babaylan. It may be possible that there were gay Katipuneros who fought for freedom. It may be possible that there were lesbian Filipinas who bravely served the country with a bolo. Their voices may have been muted in the line of oral history. Sadly, our history books are filtered to only venture on a one-sided story, or a lacking narrative fitted in one paragraph. Our history is filled with gossips, rumors, and speculations of what could have happened, of what could have been the reality amidst the myths. This project, through mixed media sculptures and paintings, video installations and performance art, may show Filipinos that could have existed in our history.
Kayumanggi Glitter hopes to ignite a sense of nationhood, a sense of history in every individual. Hopefully every Filipino would be proud to freely express who they really are and fight for what they believe in, creatively.
To know more about Kayumanggi Glitter’s multimedia egg-xhibition, you may like their facebook page at www.facebook.com/kayumanggiglitter, and follow them on Instagram: @kayumanggiglitter. Share your art experiences and use the hashtag #KayumanggiGlitter and #KGEggxhibit.
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