Passion and Procession. The Art of the Philippines

The works on display are by contemporary artists, some of whom also work in Australia. The artists explore the interlocking influences of religiosity and social activism on modern politics and colonial forces.

The Philippines is a Christian majority nation with a politically significant Muslim minority in the South, along with various other Indigenous groups. The nation has endured various colonial periods, with the Spanish and Americans having the greatest impact in terms of violence and cultural domination.

The work at the beginning and end is “The Bond is Stronger in the Age of Division,” by Geraldine Javier which explores the roots of plants as a metaphor for social connections and divisions amongst people.