For all those who missed the Remix show at the Yuchengco Museum, the Santiago Bose estate and Tin-aw Art Gallery invite you to view the works of contemporary artists and writers in reaction to Santiago Bose’s Anting-Anting renderings. Poetry reading by Lorely Trinidad and other writers open the show.

The show in Tin-aw is in support of the development of the Bose artist residency program in Baguio.

Participating visual artists include : Arnel Agawin, Ged Alangui, Leonard Aguinaldo, Rica Concepcion and Egay Navarro, Jordan Mangosan, Alwin Reamillo, Kawayan de Guia, Mark Justiniani,J, and John Frank Sabado.

Participating writers include :Lilledeshan Bose, Desiree Caluza, Ian Rosales Calocot, Frank Cimatu, Karla Delgado, RJ Fernandez, Easy Fagela, Luis Francia, Ed Geronia, Jessica Hagedorn, Lawin Ileto, Marne Kilates,Lia Llamado, Victor Penaranda, Padmapani Perez, Sunantha Mendoza Quibilan, Zosimo Quibilan Jr., Bino Realuyo, Justin Shady,Angel Velasco Shaw, John Silva, Eileen Tabios, Lorely Trinidad, and Krip Yuson.

Map to Tin-aw Art Gallery

(Text below written by Lilledeshan Bose)
Visual artist Santiago Bose (1949 – 2002) created many memorable works in mixed media:
he was a painter, performance artist, set designer, and installation artist who often used indigenous
media in his work. He was also an educator, community organizer, and art theorist. His work
communicated a strong sense of folk consciousness and religiosity, and the strength of indigenous
cultures amidst the constant barrage of foreign influences. Bose’s work in mixed media and
assemblage is also a social commentary on the Philippine aesthetic.

Seven years after his unexpected death, his influence on contemporary Filipino art remains to be
recognized. His contributions have been co-opted by modern artists who continue to create in the
wake of Bose’s ideas, forms, and ideology across various media. His influence is evident in the works
of Kawayan de Guia and Alwin Reamillo; who collaborated with him; Jordan Mangosan who
apprenticed with him; John Frank Sabado and Leonard Aguinaldo who worked with him in the Baguio
Arts Guild.

Remix: Santiago Bose is an exhibit born out of the vestiges of Bose’s legacy. The show explores his roots through his biography in self-portraits, and contextualizes his impact on Philippine art through modern takes—or remixes—of his research by more than 50 visual, literary, and multimedia artists.

1. Reinterpreting the Anting-Anting Collection. One of Bose’s last projects was a series of drawings of anting-anting—Filipino amulets or talismans—that he mounted on handmade paper and bound in a book. The drawings—59 in total—were culled from Bose’s research in the 1990s. Bose realized the importance of anting-anting as someone who believed in them and as an artist. He used these amulets liberally in much of his work. He said: “Anting-anting [have undergone] a process of empowerment … These objects and symbols give people hope through difficulties. They are a material reflection of the Filipino people’s collective psyche that have been used for centuries to protect them from cultural domination.”

2. Literary Remix. On display are works of poetry and prose by 30 internationally recognized writers, historians, and cultural purveyors, including Krip Yuson, Jessica Hagedorn, Imo Quibilan, Bino Realuyo, Luis Francia, Howie Severino, and John Silva. Each writer drew literary inspiration from Bose’s anting-anting drawings, in effect bridging visual and literary art forms, while breaking cultural barriers using Bose’s drawings.

3. Multimedia Visual Remix. Also on view is a multimedia installation that features works by renowned artists influenced, mentored, inspired, and challenged by Bose—Alwin Reamillo, Arnel Agawin, Mark Justiniani, Leonard Aguinaldo, Kawayan de Guia, Jordan Mangosan, Ged Alangui, and John Frank Sabado. The visual artists took the three anting-anting drawings and made completely new works that showcased their own artistic statement, producing at least three mixed-media renderings of new work.

Additionally, footage of Bose’s art performances compiled by filmmaker Rica Concepcion and Egay Navarro will be screened throughout the exhibit.


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