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Imelda Bose’s Acceptance Speech for Santiago Bose’s ‘Alab ng Sining’ Award at the University of the Philippines Magandang hapon po sa inyong lahat..Kagalang-galang na Dean Doi Rosete, mga minamahal nating miyembro ng UP Fine Arts Faculty, with special mention to our friends of 50 years..Noli Garalde, Bim Bacaltos, mga magulang at kaibigan ng ating mga nagsisipagtapos na artists. Mabuhay po kayo. If I am greatly honored to be receiving this award,…

Santiago Bose’s “Native Song” in the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco

Santiago Bose’s work at the Asian Art Museum is also a teaching moment for assembling personal narratives.

Artist Santiago Bose addresses themes of colonialism and nationalism in his mixed-media works. InNative Song, he surrounds images of Filippino soldiers from the Phillippine-American War with covers from popular Filipino musical scores. Then, he layers a hand, knife, cross, and symbols and text on the photograph, recalling Spanish colonization.

Artist Statement
“Today, Filipino artists are forging a modern mythology. Artists are creating visual statements of Philippine national life with blends of Spanish, American and indigenous artistic infl uences. ‘Western modernism’ has liberated artists to go back to their roots and incorporate them in a contemporary vocabulary. The use of mixed media, fiber, grass, paper, bamboo and organic materials, and the use of installation, which is also rooted in traditional communities, make this art form easily acceptable to a broad range of audiences.

This debunks cultural imperialism. The training of artists in Western modes propagates the use of materials and tools that are expensive and rare. But the contemporary Filipino artist is liberated from paying the West every time he creates. The idea of art as “property” or commodity is challenged, its prominence questioned. The idea of artist as individual creator is also challenged, and a sense of community opens up new possibilities. The artist is taught to be self reliant, and using available materials and local concepts, he expands his visual vocabulary. This makes his art relevant to a broad spectrum of society, making it clear whose interest it serves. Some artists use violence through protest art.”
– Santiago Bose
from Memories of Overdevelopment (ed. Wayne Baerwaldt)

“Native Song” by Santiago Bose at the Asian Art Museum

Can’t Go Back Home Again: Santiago Bose in the Family Collection

Opening cocktails 13 November 2012, 4PM The Vargas Museum opens Can’t Go Back Home Again: Santiago Bose in the Family Collection on 13 November 2012, Tuesday, 4PM at the 3F galleries of the museum. For the commemoration of Santiago Bose’s 10th year death anniversary, Can’t Go Back Home Again, Santiago Bose in the Family Collection…


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REMIX: SANTIAGO BOSE OPENS AT YUCHENGCO MUSEUM ON FEBRUARY 6 Contemporary Visual Artists Create New Work from Bose’s Unfinished Canvas More Than 30 Writers Present Their Take on Bose’s Rendering of Anting-Anting The Yuchengco Museum and the Santiago Bose estate proudly present Remix: Santiago Bose, a postmodern retrospective of the late, internationally acclaimed Baguio visual artist…