Professor/artist hangs rattan hammocks at UPV Administration Building
DUYAN KA NG MAGITING an installation by artist and UP professor Martin Genodepa, is currently on view at the Administration Building in Miagao, Iloilo campus until December 3, 2015.
The installation consists of several pieces of duyan (rattan hammock) hung on the main pillars of the façade of the building which faces the flagpole and the Oblation, the national university’s symbol.
The artwork is basically inspired by a line in Lupang Hinirang, the Philippine national anthem. But UP, being the premiere university in the country has also been the cradle of heroes or brave and brilliant Filipinos in all fields.
With DUYAN KA NG MAGITING, Genodepa attempts to re-interpret and translate one artwork’s theme or idea into another artwork. That it is installed at the UPV Administration Building, and in front of the flagpole and the Oblation, makes the work doubly significant and meaningful.
The artwork is also a good study on how spaces can be altered to acquire new meanings or significance. Since indigenous organic materials are used in the project, it brings attention to, and in some way promotes, the use of the same in art production.
Martin Genodepa is a sculptor and installation artist and has 14 solo exhibitions to his credit. He received the 1999 Full Grant of the Freeman Fellowship for Asian Artists as Artist-in-Residence at the Vermont Studio Center in Vermont, USA. He was also awarded as Outstanding Alumnus in the Visual Arts in UPV’s celebration of the UP Centennial in 2008. In addition, he is a 2009 Ford Foundation International Fellow and held the Jose and Asuncion Joya Professorial Chair for the Arts in 2013 and 2014. He is currently the Special Assistant to the Chancellor for Culture and the Arts and Curator of the UPV Art Gallery.
Duyan Ka ng Magiting has been made possible by the UPV Creative Work Grant under the auspices of the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Extension.
By: Lyncen M. Fernandez