Istorya Namon Subong (Our Stories Now)
Moreen Austria | Katarina Estrada | Karina Broce Gonzaga | Elwah Gonzales | Erika Mayo | Megumi Miura | Angela Silva | Josephine Turalba
In the Visayan province of Negros Occidental, the word istorya is commonly used as both noun and verb in the local patois of Ilonggo. Likely an appropriation of the Spanish word historia (history), istorya is used in everyday speech to refer either to a narrative (istorya), be it light gossip or historical account, or to the action of narrating (istoryahanay).
Istorya Namon Subong is a pictorial anthology of mga istorya or stories authored by eight Negrense women artists in their examination of Ilonggo women’s identities within this past year’s setting and plot of the pandemic. The artists, who hail from different generations, hometowns, and family backgrounds, react and reflect on the effects of the historic lockdowns and health catastrophes on the roles and representations of women within their families and immediate communities. The ensuing collection of multimedia works delineates characters that speak of hopes for second chances, acts of unconditional kindness, hastened maturity, much-needed outspokenness, as well as wistfulness, resilience, and honor.
Georgina Luisa O.Jocson
* Istorya Namon Subong is an extension of the exhibit Istorya conTEXT:Amon Ni (Story conTEXT: This is Ours) held in February 2020 for the Orange Project (Bacolod) booth at Art Fair Philippines, and forms part of the public programme of Salcedo Private View for Art Fair Philippines 2021 (Makati City).
Time & Location
16 April - 8 May 2021
NEX Tower Podium Level, 6786 Ayala Avenue, Makati City