Visual artist and musician Aba Lluch Dalena explores the universality of love across people of different ages, races, genders, and religions in her 10th solo exhibition entitled Trans.Form (First of a Series: A Survey on Love and Sexuality).
The exhibit opens at 4 p.m. on December 6, 2012 at the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) Gallery and will run up to the 25th of January 2013.
In Trans.Form, Dalena showcases various sculptures, photographs, paintings, mixed media and video installations. These multi-media works are an expression and affirmation of Dalena’s personal belief in the equality of treatment and worth of all sexes and races: the creed that love does not discriminate and is meant to be enjoyed by everyone.
The word ‘transform’ denotes not just a change or transition in exterior form, but also in substance. In this show, Dalena wields art to reflect on the transformative power of love: how love can transcend surface categories of being such as genders and sexes, race and physical form. She creates different configurations of lovers using sculptures made from terra cotta or cold cast marble, creating commentaries on the issue of contemporary sexuality. Dalena’s paintings made from acrylic, enamel and mixed media reflect on the various manifestations of love—from the romantic to the familial and the spiritual.
The exhibition also features Love is for Everyone, an installation work made in collaboration with Nana Buxani and Susan Corpuz. The series is comprised of portraits of real life couples, partners, and lovers—all candidly captured in black and white photography by these three artists. This is Dalena’s first collaborative project with Buxani, a noted documentary photographer, filmmaker and painter, and with Corpuz, a photojournalist and artist.
Dalena will be holding an Artist’s Talk to further elaborate on the concept and story of the exhibition on January 17 (Thursday) from 2 to 5 p.m. at the NCCA’s Leandro Locsin Hall.
Exhibition Design by Nilo Ilarde, Trans.Form will be on view from December 6, 2012 to January 25, 2013 at the NCCA Gallery, #633 General Luna Street, Intramuros, Manila. The exhibition is supported by Orange Segment Design and Print Studio. Gallery hours are from 9-5 p.m. from Mondays to Fridays. For details about the exhibition, please contact Mimi Santos at 527.2192 local 512 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Website: www.ncca.gov.ph