February 20, 2021
Have you ever believed something because other people you knew believed the same thing?
Patay Mali Sya is a confrontation on self-deception, conformity, and obedience to authority. Alluding to a classic tale: “The Emperor’s New Clothes” wherein two swindlers enter a city, convincing the emperor they will create a suit for him that would be invisible to foolish people.
The tale portrays a situation where no one believes, but everyone believes that everyone else believes. Or, alternatively, everyone is ignorant to whether the emperor has clothes on or not, but believes that everyone else is not ignorant.
Confronting a complex moral dilemma, Should we tell the truth and accept our own supposed inadequacy, or lie and save ourselves from social ridicule?
“PATAY MALI S!YA” a four-man exhibition by Chito Borja, Jerry Bucat, Christian Culangan, Vien Valencia.