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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.
As we enter a new year, it can’t be helped that certain traumas and feelings muster up the strength to still affect us to this day. Be it past experiences, present predicaments or future anxieties, these invisible ghosts lie insidious in the dark, holding and waiting for us to succumb to them.
For his fifth solo exhibition, artist Yao Sampana presents us with “Behind the Shadows”, a somber exposition of portraits unveiling the abstract hauntings that plague us in our everyday. The artist brandishes his signature use of bluish-hued figures over dark backgrounds and red curtains to personify one’s struggles, providing for stark contrasts between saturated and desaturated tones, a power play of sorts towards the grim subject matter and the humanity behind coping with them. Inspired by his personal journey in confronting the invisible demons that hamper his creative ventures, the show aims to recognize, materialize and accept these negativities as part of one’s growth. Yao Sampana’s drive to overcome what haunts him is evident in his use of grasping hands and contorted figures; his hyperrealist technique evident as it provides for visceral images of despair and ultimately, acceptance.

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