District Gallery Will Open Its New Exhibit "Proclamation of 8" on September 23

Published · Wednesday, September 20, 2017 10:55 AM


Exhibiting Our Current State of Unrest and Demonstrating Our Positions in the Time of Change

WHEREAS, Proclamation of 8, will be issued on September 23, 2017 with eight (8) artists declaring our current and varied states of unrest, and signifying our clearest to the obscurest positions in this time that change has come, on account of the extant situation of the land;

WHEREAS, part of the reasons for the issuance of Proclamation of 8 exhibition are the series of existing ambiguities in the territory of the Republic of the Philippines or any part thereof, such as, the medial of contempt and approval in our people, the medial of action and apathy in our generation, the medial of accord and opposition in our freedom, the medial of disregard and honor in the human condition, and the constituting wholly or partially, the medial of assurance and intimidation in our truths and the public’s prerogatives. Thus, the need for a proclamation;

WHEREAS, in the Sections 1-8 of the gallery, the Artworks, including amendments, in any type of media, to be exhibited for a period not exceeding 60 days, will attempt a demonstration of the process, experience, and outcome of our present reality’s ambiguous stage, consummated by enforcing and/or resisting our individual state as an artist within a scope of contradicting roles and perspectives e.g., a dictator and a devotee, an ally and an enemy, a rebel and a believer, a perpetrator and a savior;

NOW, THEREFORE, WE, THE RALLIED ARTISTS, Citizens of Republic of the Philippines, by virtue of the powers vested in us by our freedom, truth, and dignity, do hereby provide our statement and proclaim:

“Sa kaso na ikaw ay nasa gitna –  kung ikaw ang may sala at ikaw rin ang biktima, ano ang iyong idedeklara?”

By the Artists:

Visual Communicator, Creative Director

Andrei Venal graduated Fine Arts at the Institute of Fine Arts and Design of the Philippine Women’s University.

He is a practicing inter-disciplinary visual communicator and has worked in, and with a wide range of professional environment – the academe, creative production, advertising, and nongovernmental organizations.

Venal’s practice centers on weaving disciplines, operations, and approaches. His scope of work includes graphic design, digital art, web, data, advertising, game development, and writing.

In 2011, he worked as a teacher of design and advertising in PWU-School of Fine Arts and Design. In 2015, he worked as the creative director of Active Vista International Human Rights Film Festival. Currently Andrei spearheads the creative force of Dakila organization. On October 2017, Andrei will be flying to Austria, to participate as a fellow in the Salzburg Global Seminar.



Christina Lopez is a Visual Artist who is currently based in Manila, Philippines. She has recently completed her residency at the Royal College of Art in London. Tona is a Multimedia Arts student at De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde and part of the artists alliance RESBAK. Before entering the realm of Fine Art, she took up Human Biology in De La Salle University-Manila. Her work often fuses science’s physical processes together with human emotion and experience.

Multimedia Artist, Curator / BMLab

J. graduated Fine Arts at the University of Santo Tomas, he is a multimedia artist, a teacher and a curator. He has participated in solo and group exhibitions both in Manila and abroad; and his curatorial projects have extended from Manila to Japan and Australia. He also works as a video director for the advertising and the music industry in the Philippines and continues to encourage and guide multimedia arts students in Asia Pacific College-School of Multimedia Arts.
In 2010, he was a grantee of the Jenesys Programme for Creators by the Japan Foundation in cooperation with the Jorge Vargas Museum-Curatorial Development Program, a 3 months Curator-in-Residence Program in Aomori Contemporary Art Centre and in Tokyo. This program led him to co-curate an all Japanese Artist Exhibition last 2011 in Perth Institute of Contemporary Art(PICA) in Australia. On the same year he also participated in the Asahi Art Festival Travel Study Tour in the Tohoku Area 5 months after the Tsunami incident. In 2012, he curated a Major Exhibition in Vargas Museum entitled Bliss Market: Exchange in Time / Space in Transience, focusing on a community based project in U.P. BLISS in Diliman. On 2013, 2014 and 2016 he attended an Artist-in-Residence program in Rikuzentakata, Japan, a city that was wiped out last March 2011 Tsunami incident.

He is active as the in-house Curator for CANVAS gallery which focuses in Creative Opportunities, Open Dialogues and Meaningful Change in the Philippine Art. He is the founder and creative director of an independent creative and technical support group called Bliss Market Laboratory or BMLab... and a passionate father to a boy named Sunday.

Visual Artist

Mervy C. Pueblo actively pursued her career as a visual artist since 2001. She has participated in numerous exhibitions and sculpture symposiums, locally and internationally such as; Singapore 2017 and 2014; Japan 2016, 2012 and 2009; Malaysia 2016; France in 2014;the United States of America in 2011-2013; South Korea in 2011, 2010 and 2008; Russia in 2008; and Vietnam in 2007.

Under the flagship of Fulbright, she received her M.F.A. Visual Studies major in Public Art & Sculpture with masteral units in Art Education, from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, MN, USA ; and she received her B.F.A. degree in Advertising from St. Scholastica's College Manila, Philippines.

Pueblo’s studio practice explores human relationships and the everyday life raising concerns in human and environmental ecology. She has received several awards from different institutions such as the AICAD Postgraduate Teaching Fellowship by the Minneapolis College of Art and Design MN, USA (Nomination, 2016); Thirteen Artist Awards (Winner, 2015 CCP, PH), Ethel Morrison Van Derlip Award (Winner, 2013 USA), Ateneo Art Awards (Finalist, 2012 PH), the Metrobank Art and Design Excellence: Sculpture Competition (Special Citation and Finalist, 20062010 PH), and Recognition of Talented Youth in Arts and Culture conferred by the office of the Pasig City Mayor (2006). Moreover, she has been an Arts Network Asia grantee (2007 Singapore), Metrobank Foundation travel grant recipient (2007 PH), Haslla Art World Museum artist-in-residence grantee (2011 South Korea), and represented the Philippines to following international art events: Taebaek Snow Sculpture Exposition (2009 South Korea), Miyazaki International Sculpture Exhibit(2009 Japan), Chistye Prudi Penza International Sculpture Symposium (2008 Russia), and Hai Phong International Sculpture Symposium (2007 Vietnam).
She have been a professor to various institutions such as: the DLS-CSB School of Design and Art: Industrial design program (2015~to date); the Philippine Women’s University [PWU] Manila: School of Fine Arts and Design Graduate Program (2013~15); and the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, USA (2012). Moreover, Mervy was appointed to head the graduate program of the PWU School of Fine Arts and Design in July 2013, but has left the PWU last Oct. 2015 for her self-initiated and funded studio research: Project Embrace: Sculptural Mountain Nets/Braces to Landslide Prone Areas in the Philippines.

Artist, Musician

Miko Aguilar is a multimedia artist born and raised in the Philippines but is currently based in San Diego, California. He has a degree in Architecture but immediately pursued a musical career right after graduation. His involvement in music led him to other forms of expression, notably as a spoken word artist under the name Miko Pepito. He is also trained in improv comedy and this led him to being part of the comedy group, Cardio Boys. With the Cardio Boys, he hosted a travel show for TFC that was aired in the Middle East and their own segments in the comedy sketch show Wow! Mali in TV5. He also has worked as a freelance Assistant Director and Music Producer before moving to the United States in 2015. He now runs his own media outfit, We, The Studio.

In 2005, he joined Dakila – Philippine Collective for Modern Heroism, and his journey from being a member to being its Organizing Director pushed him further to discuss social injustice in his art. This, and mental health, are recurring themes in his works. He notes that music, street and propaganda art as some of his main influences.

Writer, Organizer

Ninotchka Rosca is a writer of many literary genres and a journalist; an organizer of, advocate for and theoretician in the women’s movement; a political analyst and a traveler. She has six or nine books published; has received numerous awards and recognition for all aspects of her work. Currently, she is with AF3IRM, a US-based but about to become international organization of transnational women practicing intersectional feminist theory. Her works include:

 “State of War” a novel – the first to be published by a major literary publishing house in the USA in twenty years; translated into several languages; is considered a classic of Philippine literature.

“Twice Blessed” a novel – awarded the American Book Award for Excellence in Literature; the other classic.

“Epidemic” a short story – included in Raymond Carver’s 100 Best Short Stories Published in the USA (the year it came out) and in the Missouri Review’s Best Short Fiction In 25 years. 

“Sugar and Salt” a short story – included in Ms Magazine’s Best Short Fiction in 25 years. 

“Between the Crucifix and the Gun” – first cover story written by a Filipino for a mainstream US magazine.

 And several grants, awards, etc., for her work as writer and as activist.



Eya is an interdisciplinary art practitioner concentrating on community-engaged art projects. He is based in Manila, Philippines and have actively pursued his local career in art since 2012 through artist-run exhibitions. His creative work thrusts mostly in public art through community involvement and collaboration. Comprising of partnerships with educational institutions and organizations such as UNICEF and the British Council of the Philippines, his practice integrates alternative education, visual arts for development, and social transformation.

Living in a life of continuous motion and change, he regards that we should never cease to ask the value of our art to the world. With the power of art’s indefinite forms, limitless roles, and definitions, Eya’s artistic discipline becomes an exploratory method of progressing our humanity through art and the critical processes of self-determination, empowerment, and activation of the sectors and the communities he has worked with. He has organized, curated, and participated in several collaborative exhibitions for his body of work in installation, photography, new media, and performance in various alternative art spaces and institutions in his country including the Gallery of Peninsula and the Archipelago, U.P. Vargas Museum, National Commission for the Culture and the Arts, and the Cultural Center of the Philippines.

In 2015, he was the first Artist-in-Residence of the joint UNICEF and Ateneo de Zamboanga Center for Culture and the Arts arts for development program. He facilitated photography with the Mindanawon youth siege survivors, and culminated the residency with a multimedia exhibit and his first curatorial project "Sugpat: Stories of Permanence in Transience." His endeavors continued with other communities in the Philippines – he initiated art projects tackling issues of isolation, abandonment, drug rehabilitation, and recently, societal inclusion for the youth of Isla de Convalencencia through a mural collaboration for the Pasig River Art for Urban Change.

Eya is also a practicing consultant for creative production and publicity in film and advocacy campaigns, and a seasonal lecturer for Visual Communication and Multimedia Art Production in the Philippines. He is currently focusing on art for social involvement and rights-based approach art education, and prospecting to cultivate his practice in a cultural exchange at the Artist for a Better World Programme of Singapore International Foundation in Singapore and Malaysia.



Sidney Aero P. Valdez (born December 1, 1988) completed his BFA at Far Eastern University in Manila (2011). He has worked with artists like Kat Medina, Mark Justiniani and Ben Cab. In 2014, he joined STEX (Southern Tagalog Exposure), an independent multimedia group pioneered by Kiri Dalena. He had his first solo exhibition last year (2016) at Secret Fresh Gallery titled “RAPEPUBLIC” where he confronted recent accounts of exploitation in his native Republic of the Philippines. He is currently teaching painting lessons and is also a practicing tattoo artist.

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