ATTEN-HUT ART PROJECT

Mobile site specific installation of 21,000 toy soldiers for judicial reforms / Year: 2011

 

 

This art project is about revisiting the historical context of the place and channelling a message into object. Toy soldiers appealed to me for a couple of reasons: First, it has been my fascination to play with it. Second, I have always been exposed to war movies during my childhood days and lastly, seeing these toy soldiers reminds me of the importance of “play” in my artistic process.

This mobile site specific installation aims to communicate art as a reflective and achievable idea through a synergy between a legal building and a ready made toy soldiers. Channeling the rich history of the building as a legal and moral cornerstone into contemporary art. I installed 21,000 pieces of toy soldiers painted in white on June 12, 2012 as it is the independence celebration of the Philippines as well as the death anniversary of my father. The month long installation along with Law students of Xavier University, Lawyers and concerned individuals of Cagayan de oro city, connotes historical context owing that the location (Xu-Lucas Hall) was a Military Barracks during the World War 2 and at present a Law School Building.

 

SITE 1: XAVIER UNIVERSITY-ATENEO de CAGAYAN (Lucas Hall-Xavier Hall), Philippines

 

Furthermore, the Spanish Embassy in partnership with the Department of Foreign Affairs supported the project and was installed in Metropolitan Museum in celebration of the 200 year anniversary of Spain’s Cadiz Constitution in accordance with the arrival of Queen Sofia in the Philippines in 2012.

The event provided a new command for the toy soldiers entitlted ‘no charge’ in emphasing stillness (alternately,inertia,paralysis) of our judiciary system in terms of adressing issues passively rather than proactively. From a distance the ‘BOLSA’ is colored red to resemble a heart and the toy soldiers served as directional element because a number of Filipinos follow a leader who has the money but they never follow someone who has a heart.

 

SITE 2: METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF MANILA, Philippines

 

In line with the issues of Mindanao, I re-installed the 21,000 pcs. of toy soldiers entitled “Ms. Encounter” as my personal response on the Mamasapano incident. It aims to raise public awareness that the enemy of war is war itself.

 

SITE 3: MUSEO DE ORO, XAVIER UNIVERSITY-ATENEO de CAGAYAN, Philippines

Title: Ms. Encounter / Medium: 21,000 pcs. of Toy Soldier / Year: 2015

 

 

IN PARTNERSHIP WITH:

SITE 1: XAVIER UNIVERSITY-ATENEO de CAGAYAN(Lucas Hall-Xavier Hall), Philippines

Xavier University Center for Culture and the Arts / Ravanera Olegario and Associates / Boxtype Production / Tita Fannies / Xavier University Association of Law Students / Bro. Marvelo Liboon / Bro. Gabriel Guangco / Closed friends who never left me until the last peso in my pocket / Noble lawyers

SITE 2: METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF MANILA, Philippines

Spanish Embassy in Manila / Department of Foreign Affairs of Manila / Metropolitan Museum of Manila / Currator: Chitz and Eileen Ramirez

SITE 3: MUSEO DE ORO, XAVIER UNIVERSITY-ATENEO de CAGAYAN, Philippines

Xavier-University Center for Culture and the Arts / Museo de Oro / The Drawing Room / Peace Moves / ABS CBN / Conseil Gnral du Finistre / PL Pilier-Rouge / Ville de Brest / Compagnie Acte II / Apple Tree / Association Les P’tits Cracks / Ecole du Petit-Paris / Lutong Bahay Catering / Mediterranean Cruises and Travels / City of Cagayan de Oro / CSWD City Tourism Office / Morgane Quiguer

And to all individuals who voluntarily shared their time and effort to be part of this art project… i shall be forever grateful.