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Oct 13: Visualizing Filipino Transnational Migration in Vancouver

The UBC Philippine Studies Series

and visual artist Patrick Cruz


“Visualizing Filipino Transnational Migration in Vancouver”

A Talk and Art Workshop

The UBC Philippine Studies Series (PSS) has put together a string of art exhibits collectively entitled MAHAL. The Filipino word “mahal” translates as “love”, but alternatively also means “costly” or “expensive.” The pun is no coincidence, and its nuances have been explored extensively by Filipino historian Vicente L. Rafael in his book White Love and Other Events in Filipino History (2000), and also in the essays by Filipino revolutionary Emilio Jacinto. Inspired by the linguistic co-relation between “love” and “economic cost,” members of the PSS have curated three art shows since October 2011. The main goal of the project is to explore the desires which carry the Filipino/a across borders. MAHAL 1 (October 2011) and MAHAL 2 (January 2012) featured works by transnational Filipino artists, including paintings, photographs, films, music, and multimedia installations, to collectively narrate multiple facets of the Filipino/a migrant’s experiences. For MAHAL 3 (June 2012), Filipinos in Vancouver were invited to ‘submit’ things they wanted to send to their loved ones in Manila, and two balikbayan (homecoming) boxes were filled, re-enacting the practice of many Filipino overseas workers; a follow-up event was held in a partner art gallery in Manila, where the boxes were opend, and the items handed over to their recipients. As one of the curators of MAHAL, Emily Carr Fine Arts graduate and Philippine-born artist Patrick Cruz will present a documentation of the MAHAL Exhibit Series at the conference, weaving stories of Filipino transnational migration in Vancouver. His presentation will also touch on the personal — what does it mean to be simultaneously a member of the Filipino diaspora, and to struggle to find one’s place as an artist in Vancouver? What could be the role of art in building overseas Filipino communities?

at the

Navigating Border: A Conference on Global Poverty and Migration

10am-12:15 pm, October 13, 2012 (Saturday)

University of British Columbia, Robson Square

RSVP Facebook Page

Update: See photos from the event

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  1. Pingback: Photos from October 13 Workshop on Visualizing Filipino Transnational Migration in Vancouver | UBC Philippine Studies Series

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