A nation’s cultural identity is expressed in art.
Much of who we are is latched on to our enduring artforms. Laguna’s Living Traditions directs our attention to the fine craftsmanship of our folk artists in the province. It also sensitizes us to the constraints under which they operate. The exhibit brings together six of the province’s most promising visual artists as they create pieces on Laguna’s iconic crafts: habi, lilok, taka, kayas, lala at tsinelas. Theirs are an attempt to visualize the relatively distinct aesthetics of their chosen subject. Also featured are smaller frames rendering local artisans in situ. When the pandemic has faded away, the exhibit will be mounted again for it to loop in other elements of living traditions as a showcase of community-based artmaking: artists’ talk and demonstration, exhibit and sale. Much as we want to understand the aesthetics of their output, local artisans deserve patronage of their unique forms of cultural expression. Traditions are treasured through artforms that endure time’s passing. (jryapo)