July 22, 2018, 11:44 pm
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Bangka: Homage to the Fisherfolk of the Philippines

IN this homage to the fisherfolk of the Philippines, Swiss diplomat-turned-artist Jürg Casserini (b.1950) draws from his fascination with the seafaring communities of Bohol.

Using the broken parts of the bangka, or native fishing boats, Casserini creates collages from the debris, reframing them into rectilinear shapes, while maintaining the state of the materials by refusing to repaint or restore them. This conscious and deliberate act of preservation frames stories of vessels lost to time and turbulence, natural consequences of hours spent at sea. 

In many ways, the bangka can also be seen as a hopeful metaphor for this nation, with Casserini’s flag-like homages acting as portraits of everyday life on a tropical archipelago. The works are presented by Hiraya Gallery and can be seen at Globe Art Gallery at The Globe Tower, 32nd corner 7th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig until July 20, 2018. 
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