Dark Memories: Torture, Incarceration, Disappearance, and Death During Martial Law

Dark Memories: Torture, Incarceration, Disappearance, and Death During Martial Law

Edgar Doctor & Rick Rocamora’s tandem exhibition prompts one to recall specific events that marked the tumultuous period of martial law in the Philippines.

Rick Rocamora’s series “Dark Memories” began in 2011 to showcase the real traumas experienced first hand with the initial batch of human rights violation claimants. This was further expanded after the creation of the Human Rights Reparation and Recognition Act of 2013.

Edgar Doctor’s “Alaala ng Martial Law” pen and ink drawings do not reference any specific incident; instead, he depicts the movements of protest and captures the feeling of unease that prevailed then. Contrary to the colorful works the artist is known for, Doctor employs a more expressionist style, capturing his recollection of events from martial law.

Ateneo Art Gallery marks the commemoration of the 50th year since the imposition of martial law in 1972 with this presentation of photographs as a means of remembering and ensuring that history is not forgotten, distorted, or revised.

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Widely recognized today as the first museum of Philippine modern art, the Ateneo Art Gallery was established in 1960 through Fernando Zóbel’s bequest to the Ateneo of his collection of works by key Filipino post war artists. Through the years, other philanthropists and artists followed Zobel’s initiative, filling in the gaps so that the collection now surveys every Philippine art movement in the post war era: from neo-realism and abstract expressionism to today’s post-modern hybrid tendencies.

Time & Location

Ateneo Art Gallery

10 - 19 February 2023

Soledad V Pangilinan Arts Wing, Areté, Ateneo de Manila University, Katipunan Avenue, Loyola Heights, Quezon City