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Emmanuel Garibay

Emmanuel Garibay has his pieces “The Oblation” and “The Passenger” displayed in the Charis art exhibit.

Garibay says this about the artwork:

The Passenger was painted during our workshop in Bali. There is what seems to be a crucified figure in a bus. Somehow the Balinese masks became incorporated into the images of the crowd in the background. The Pinocchio noses of the masks denote deception; that the men are wearing clerical collars hint at some kind of accountability to the crucified figure. It’s my statement about the way the Philippines was and still continues to be colonized by religion. But I want to leave it as an open-ended theological discourse.

The Oblation represents a fundamental contrast with life, human life asserting itself against a dark and empty space.” (from the Charis art catalog)

Garibay was born in Kidapawan, North Cotabato, Phillipines, to a Methodist pastor.  He had an enjoyable childhood, went to University of Phillipines to study sociology, and began to develop a love for both the arts and social affairs.  This led to an interest in politics and social reform, leading to his participation in marches and the ousting of former President Ferdinant Marcos.

Garibay has received awards from the Cultural Center of the Phillippines, the National Commission for Culture and the Arts, the Arts Association of the Philippines, and Il Bienal del Baloncestoen Bellas Artes in Madrid, Spain.

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