EURO-PINOY VISUAL ARTS EXHIBITION: “EBB AND FLOW: RETURN TO NATURE” OPENS TO THE PUBLIC FROM 20 TO 31 MAY 2022 AT YUCHENGCO MUSEUM, MAKATI

Life on this planet cannot survive without water. It is a precious natural resource. Water supports all life – human, plant and animal life. We need and utilise water to produce food, manufacture goods and sustain health and many others.

Water is essentially about everything: climate, nature, energy resources, health, food, the environment where we live. Even our human bodies from our brain, heart, lungs to our skin, are all composed of water.

All these are just part of the equation since there is a bigger responsibility for all of us to help protect the water within and around us.

This is exactly the reason why European and Filipino artists have come together: to show the beauty of water, its importance and what happens when water and other marine life are nurtured or are ruined.

Curated by César Caballero, the exhibition is participated in by Louis Dumont (Belgium), René Reitier (Germany), César Caballero (Spain), Henri Etéve (France), Viviana Riccelli (Italy), Radha Makitalo (Finland), Jeanette Kamphuis (Sweden), Romania Diaz (Philippines and Italy), Ramon Diaz, Fara Manuel Nolasco, Atty. Kizel Cotiw-an and Ann Pamintuan (Philippines).

The “Ebb and Flow: Return to Nature” exhibition is a result of an interesting mix of paintings and sculptures. It is part of the Viva Europa 2022 cultural festival which aims to highlight shared European cultural heritage with Filipinos. This is also in celebration of the founding of European Union.

European Union Ambassador to the Philippines, H.E. Luc Véron, Madam Yvonne Yuchengco, Chairwoman, Yuchengco Museum and Mr César Caballero, Curator, “Ebb and Flow: Return to Nature” inaugurated the exhibition. The exhibition is ongoing at the Yuchengco Museum.

It also fittingly coincides with the EU Green Week (30 May to 5 June ) and the lead-up to the UN Ocean’s Conference (Lisbon, 27 June to 1 July 2022).

Ambassador Véron said that the title of the exhibition “Ebb and Flow” is an invitation to meditation. “An invitation to meditate on life. No life without water. Yet, as we, sailors know very well, water is indomitable. Our planet is blue, yet man cannot conquer the ocean. We are just its humble servants”, he said.

César Caballero, Curator described the exhibition as a “gathering once again of multi-disciplinary artists from the Philippines and several European countries maintaining connections on vital and important questions for life and the transcendental co-existence of the identity of communities and their individuals”.

He aptly stressed both the diversity and uniqueness of each citizen and the need to respect people’s beliefs and decisions.