Opening of "HALIMAW" by Rialin José w/ online performance by Xuvenir

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Opening of "HALIMAW" by Rialin José w/ online performance by Xuvenir

Mata Art Gallery Presents "HALIMAW" by Rialin José, with online opening performance by Xuvenir on Saturday, October 1, 2022 at 5PM (PT)

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Mata Art Gallery Presents

HALIMAW

A solo exhibition of visual artworks by Rialin José opening online Saturday, October 1, 2022.

With special YouTube Premiere opening performance, Sayaw ng Pagitan (≈ Dance of Distance), by Xuvenir at 5pm (PT) on October 1!

Join us for the opening performance watch party, engage with other viewers & the artists in a live chat while we all watch the performance premiere online together for the first time.

SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNELWATCH YOUTUBE PREMIERE HERE

Don't forget to turn on notifications! 🔔

We highly recommend you watch the performance from a larger screen and listen with headphones or external speakers.

Opening of "HALIMAW" by Rialin José w/ online performance by Xuvenir image

ABOUT THE EXHIBITION:

Content warning: The following artist statement contains mentions of trauma.

The word HALIMAW means monster in Tagalog. This collection features a variety of creatures from Philippine mythology, including: the bungisngis, aswang, tiyanak, manananggal, nuno, and pugot.

Made with ink and paper, each creature is represented grotesquely, but is also intertwined with deeply human themes. This marriage of the unnatural and natural aims to challenge the juxtaposition of what is good and evil. By tying in uniquely Filipino cultural traits and values, Rialin José hopes to shed light on their dark consequences. HALIMAW explores tsismis (gossip), codependency, childhood trauma, utang na loob (a sense of debt to one's inner-self), respect, piety, and hiya (shame). Some pieces contain phrases in Tagalog and Ilokano.

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ABOUT THE OPENING PERFORMANCE:

Sayaw ng Pagitan (≈ Dance of Distance) (2022) is the debut video performance work of LA-based Filipino-American experimental project Xuvenir. Sayaw presents a series of collaged travel footage set to a soundtrack of field recordings and live gong and electronics improvisations, samples, and loops. These elements amount to a visual compression of space, place, and time as well as the marriage of ancient and modern sound technologies emerging in-tension, suspended on the cusp of legibility.

Xuvenir owes its existence to a questioning about our diasporic identities and, in the case of Sayaw, our relationship to the gangsa (gongs): an Indigenous ceremonial and celebratory instrument of the Philippines’ Mt. Province. With Sayaw, we consider the production of a speculative spatial and sonic imaginary by asking ourselves: If the Indigenous Igorot concept of antayutani (“we will be projected far”) signifies a transmission of gangsa frequencies across vast distances, what then would that signal sound like as received from afar?Furthermore, in the interval, or space (pagitan) between sender and receiver, how might the projected sound expand, contract, deform, fracture, or even erase itself during transit?

LEARN MORE ABOUT THE EXHIBITION

SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNELWATCH YOUTUBE PREMIERE HERE

Join us Saturday, October 1, 2022 at 5PM (PT) for the opening performance watch party. Engage with other viewers & the artists in a live chat while we all watch the performance premiere online together for the first time.

Don't forget to turn on notifications! 🔔

We highly recommend you watch the performance from a larger screen and listen with headphones or external speakers.