Curated by Junyee as a continuation of Angud from April 30, 2022 to May 30, 2022
For Earth Month 2022, visual artist Jinggoy Buensuceso transforms the CCP Front Lawn into a burnt forest with over a thousand contemporary bululs made of molded fibreglass infused with burnt debris, soil, and dust, collected from areas in the Philippines that encounter the most serious environmental struggles. These new sculptures, and their state at every phase of the exhibit, represent the forests that are synonymous with humanity, as their fates are intertwined. If forests die, we die.
KAINGIN, a devastated forest of bululs frontlines the exhibit as a symbol of nature’s destruction by the fire of people’s desires - logging, mining, and misinformed, self-serving acts. As one proceeds inside the CCP Main Theater Building into the 4th floor Atrium, they will come across Huling Hapunan, the final hours of bululs helplessly trapped and wallowing in their slow death by fire, with its red flames serving as their last supper. Entierro presents a proper burial for the forest, an observance of the necessary rest, responsible action, and respect, for nature to recover and return to the cycle of life. And lastly, there is Ritwal, a prayer for forgiveness and redemption through the baptism of fire. The 4th floor installations also include pre-recorded performances by the artist, asking for life and the spirit of nature to be showered upon the bululs as they embark on their journey of renewal. KAINGIN is a dramatic assembly of humans and nature, a wake-up call to make a stand for our land, to challenge the current ways, and to push for solutions that will sustain humanity without collateral damage.
Jinggoy Buensuceso (b. 1982, Samal, Bataan) is a visual artist and sculptor working at the new frontier of art and design to create a synesthetic creative language that fuses the natural and artificial worlds. Buensuceso's art is informed by a deep knowledge of materials and processes, both ancient and modern. The artist feels his way through the connective tissues between humanity and nature, envisioning lines that create the contours of the physical and metaphysical. Each installation and sculpture is influenced by these linear movements. The dichotomy of existence, with its eternal and opposing forces of chaos and order, nurtures his iconoclastic convictions of the divine pairings that feature in his work. True to his anarchic style, he has embraced the color black as an ambiguous muse: black is everything and nothing; it is sensuous and solemn; it is the color of the void that births manifold universes. Buensuceso is a graduate of Visual Communications from the College of Fine Arts of the University of the Philippines-Diliman. He has been recognized and featured in Maison & Objet Paris, Wallpaper Magazine, The Artling, Design Anthology, and Manila FAME, and has presented solo exhibitions in Galleria Duemila, Galerie Astra, Manifesto Gallery, and Galerie Joaquin, in Manila, and in John Erdos Art in Singapore and in the Philippine Center in New York.
Join us tomorrow in launching the Earth Day installation at the CCP Front Lawn at 5:00 PM.
This event is FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. For safety concerns, the public is reminded to wear their face masks, bring their vaccination cards, and observe the CCP New Normal Health Guidelines (http://bit.ly/CCPNewNormal) upon visiting from April 30, 2022 to May 30, 2022.