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Publishing and curatorial platform Comma and independent bookstore Kwago invited artists Maxine Syjuco, Issay Rodriguez, Nikki Ocean, Erick Calilan, Jem Magbanua, Sasa Cabalquinto and Ralph Eya to an exhibition and performance that complements the ongoing literary exhibition A Curated Shelf by Ani Almario reflects August 25, 5 p.m. in the Kwago book bar.
A series that explores the complex psychological development of a child, Salamin responds to one of the most controversial contemporary picture books: Mirror by Suzy Lee. In this book, a little girl interacts with a mirror and her reflection in it. The author takes the young protagonist and the reader on a mental journey: self-knowledge, loneliness, joy, ecstasy, confusion and anger.
“As I read the book, I felt the lightness and weight of becoming a person. The exhibition is an intricate dance between failure and becoming,” said Salamin co-curator Roy Voragen.
Aiming to answer a wide range of questions about the relevance and reach of publishing, A Curated Shelf is a space for critical and playful conversations about publishing and publishing as a discursive practice. For each curated shelf, founders Czyka Tumaliuan and Roy Voragen organize a follow-up event that reflects on the choices and opens necessary conversations about reading, writing and publishing.
“The show hopes to open up conversations about the dark and the implicit. As a mom, Mirror broke my heart when it dawned on me that my little one would be going through the same painful existential crisis I went through back in college while chasing who I was. What happens when her mirror breaks and my fragile one discovers there is nothing to find or discover? In the exhibition, together with my co-curator and seven artists, we confront this burden of meaning and embrace the beauty of not knowing,” said Salamin co-curator Czyka Tumaliuan.
The Salamin exhibition will take place on August 25, 2019 at 5 p.m. DOOR FEE: Pay what you want. Free unlimited ice cream for attendees who sign up at bit.ly/rsvpsalamin.
Facebook event page: bit.ly/salaminnimalas