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iNima, 2 2015

iNima, 2, an exhibition of linocut prints by Leonard Aguinaldo opens at the Sanctuary Gallery, Maryknoll Ecological Sanctuary, Baguio City on Mar 7, 2015 at 4 p.m.

The prints in this exhibition form part of a continuing series of works that show Aguinaldo’s impressions of montane life on the Northern Philippine Cordillera and of the various aspects of highland cultures. This set of prints which began 15 years ago, he says,“is an ongoing documentation of the life ways of highland peoples juxtaposed with the changes that technology and development have ushered in.”Thus, his exhibition title conveys both the link and contrast between “hi-tech” and “low-tech” (iNima, literally, made by hand in Iloko language; iNima is a play on words and formed like the ubiquitous “iPad”)

The rich imagery in Aguinaldo’s works reflect the “intensity and coherence of his work.”His use of indigenous iconography is nuanced by a profound sensitivity to the importance of honoring the integrity of cultures. His concepts and imagery are informed by solid research and he says are the “inevitable result of my own understanding and imagination – drawn from books, archival photographs, other printed materials and conversations with people from which these series of works have come to life.”Aguinaldo has received several awards and citations in the past 15 years. These include a Thirteeen Artists Award from the Cultural Center of the Philippines in 2003, grand prize ASEAN Art Award in Bangkok, 2004, Top Five Jurors’ Choice in the 2003Philippines/ASEAN Art Awards, and Special Selection, Sea Art Festival, 2002 Busan Biennale, Korea. He has exhibited in Baguio, Manila, and in cities in countries like Japan, Thailand, Malaysia, South Korea, Singapore, France, Australia, and the USA.

The exhibition runs until May 24, 2015. The Sanctuary Gallery is located at the Maryknoll Ecological Sanctuary, Campo Sioco, Baguio City. For inquiries, write to sanctuarygallerybgo@gmail.com or call 0915-655-5745 * (Erlyn Ruth Alcantara)

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