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Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Zeitgeist Becomes Form: German Fashion Photography 1945-1995

26 February to 22 April 2009
Opening on 26 February (Thursday), 6 pm
Yuchengco Museum, RCBC Plaza
Sen. Gil Puyat Avenue corner Ayala Avenue, Makati City

The Goethe-Institut, Rogue Magazine and the Yuchengco Museum proudly present “Zeitgeist Becomes Form: German Fashion Photography 1945-1955”, an exhibit featuring iconic images by some of Germany’s most renowned photographers. The 188 images of the exhibit include works by Helmut Newton, Wolfgang Tillmans, Olaf Martens, J├╝rgen Teller and 35 other photographers selected by curator FC Gundlach.

The exhibit is more than just a simple history of fashion and how it was photographed, it also offers an overview, comprising a myriad of facets, which covers fifty years of German fashion photography. The pictorial language of the respective photographers, the model, her or his pose as well as the clothing, the background, and the technical quality of the photography take the viewer far beyond the respective fads and trends of fashion. They also give information on the so-called Zeitgeist (“spirit of the times”), changes in society, codes of morality, and the feelings and longings of people at a certain point in time.

Opening on 26 February, 6 pm, the exhibit will be on display at the Yuchengco Museum until 25 April. “Zeitgeist Becomes Form: German Fashion Photography 1945-1995” is an exhibit by the Institute for Foreign Cultural Relations (IfA) presented in Manila by the Goethe-Institut, Rogue Magazine and the Yuchengco Museum. It is also held in cooperation with YoCard. For
more information, please call 8170978 or visit

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Emmanuel Santos' The Passing of Light II: The Book of Illumination

Emmanuel Santos
The Passing of Light II: The Book of Illumination
February 12 - March 14, 2009
Opening reception on Thursday, February 12, 6pm

In 2007, Santos exhibited The Passing of Light, the first part of a series of photographs drawn from the holy scriptures of the Bible, the Torah, and the Koran. Santos returns to Silverlens with The Passing of Light II: Book of Illumination. The show will have an opening reception on February 12, Thursday at 6pm and runs until March 14, 2009.

Santos will be giving an artist talk on February 14, Saturday, from 3-5pm on how music played an important role in the creation of the exhibition. "Photography is my song, a monochromatic ballad of expressions between birth and death," says Santos. "A melodic song that appears like scenes devoid of dress rehearsal and images that were formed in the shadows of the earth’s surface… silent and mute, craving to be told. The chorus often lasts with unending refrain of joy and sorrow, a continuous pattern in human cycle."

Emmanuel Santos
Conquest of Haamiah, 2008

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Fragile: A Reportage on Maguindanao by Jes Aznar

For hundreds of years, the islands of Mindanao have always been under fire. Countless battles have been waged to conquer this vast and rich land. Peace has always been elusive.

But one has to see beyond the culture of dissent to understand what the Moro people really stand for. How they suffer from extreme poverty and injustice every day. How the Spanish, Americans and the modern Filipino victoriously tagged Moros as the antagonists and themselves the protagonists. How they, who once owned Mindanao, now comprise just a fraction of the population and are continuously being evicted and easily killed or accused on a whim.

Through my eyes and my experience in Mindanao, I have taken notice of how fragile this land has become. Its vast natural resources are already dwindling because of large-scale mining and logging. Big chunks of fertile land make way for corporate plantations and subdivisions. The never-ending conflicts are sending the people of Mindanao to faraway lands in search of peace and prosperity. But popular culture opts to send them back.

Just recently, flames of war were again rekindled. Once again, heavy firefights between government troops and Muslim rebels have resumed. Cannons were again pounding on this fragile land. More than half a million displaced. Hundreds killed.

Mindanao and the Moro people have reached a fragile state, ready to break any moment.

This is a part of a long-term reportage on Mindanao and its people. Piece by piece, province by province, on land and in water, the author aims to put pieces of pictures together.

Jes Aznar is a photojournalist and documentary photographer. His photo stories depict the marginalized and the common people’s struggle in their everyday life. He has done several photo essays such as the Hacienda Luisita uprising, human conditions in urban dwellings, the war against diseases in Cambodia, and, recently, the human trafficking issue in the Philippines and other parts of the world. He is currently juggling his time doing documentaries and working for the French news agency, Agence France-Presse. His works have been published on the pages of Time Magazine, Stern, The Washington Post, The Guardian, and Asia Geo magazine, among others.

Public viewing of Fragile begins January 17 at Bound Bookshop, 105-A Scout Castor St. corner Tomas Morato Ave., Quezon City.
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