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September 1, 2018 - February 28, 2019
Over 20 contemporary Negrense artists—including noted senior artists Nunelucio Alvarado, Rafael Paderna, Charlie Co, and Dennis Ascalon—join creative forces in “UNREFINING SUGARLANDIA,” the first contemporary art exhibit to be held at the recently renovated second floor of The Negros Museum.
With an extended run that ends on 28 February 2019, “UNREFINING SUGARLANDIA” challenges the artists to take a critical look at their home province, unpacking truths beneath the gloss of tourism advertisements and government-funded publicity campaigns. The outcome is a collection that explores themes such as the history of sugar in Negros and the resulting political and economic hierarchy; the repercussions of the current-day market economy; the behavioral characteristics of Negrense society; and the destruction of the once-lush environment that, more than a century ago, had beckoned to planters and opportunists from nearby Panay island.
Adding their creative inputs are artists Faye Aleya Abantao, Moreen Austria, Neil Benavente, Hilario Campos III, Barry Cervantes, Jay-R Delleva, Katarina Estrada, Joe Geraldo, Karina Broce Gonzaga, Frelan Gonzaga, Jovito Hecita, Darel Javier, Raymond Legaspi, Erika Mayo, Emilio Montelibano Jr, Alan Ong, Michael John Pama, Susanito Sarnate, and Roderick Tijing.