March 10, 2016

Group show at JOYA examines the duality of war and peace

Words by Jam Pascual

Three Filipinos of different artistic backgrounds tackle how to find peace from within in a chaotic world.



The second show of fast-emerging gallery Julian Ongpin Young Artists (JOYA) is ambitious in its thematic scope. Its exhibit notes make this clear: “At the heart of it is a testament to what is, our nature, and our artistic capacity to positively and wholly transform the world around us from within; even in the midst of personal and impersonal unrelenting tyranny.”

JOYA rightfully cast the net wide, enlisting three artist, each with their specialization, in tackling the troubling matter of reconciling inner calm with external disorder.



Arnel Agawin is a pioneer mixed media artist with a knack for papermaking, acclaimed as a veteran in the local art scene. For this show his works tackle themes such as geopolitical instability and nuclear unrest.




Brisa Amir approaches the idea of transience through her work, each piece representing a site of conflict. Specializing in collage and mono-print techniques, her art takes a multi-dimensional approach.




Michael Rahman Declarin worked as an animator before entering the world of fine art. As a muralist and street artist, Declarin’s work is distinct in its composition and texture.


The opening for the show will be held in the gallery at the 2nd floor of Alphaland Makati Place Mall, cor. Ayala Ave. extension and Malugay Street, from 7 p.m. onwards.

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