We know our history mostly in enumerations: timelines of events, tallies of personalities, and empirical accounts. It is not every day that we get to see our past through a different perspective.
Drawing the Lines is a journey down the memory lane of Philippine history, told not by ascendant voices or of normative texts, rather by artists whose distinct perspectives of their time are articulated through illustrated and graphic media. The chosen editorial and political cartoons from various tabloids, newspapers, weeklies, journals and publications illustrate specific frames from our country’s tumultuous past, drawing the lines from one historic period to another.
It is a refreshing change to see Philippine history in various perspectives. We might know all the facts, but what do we make of them? The illustrations in Drawing the Lines are more than just facts, these are statements. Such artistic interpretations reflect the situation of the Philippines in a specific time in the past in the most creative way possible. More than just to know, Drawing the Lines helps you to understand the development of our country.
Manila Bulletin‘s very own Pinggot Zulueta is one of the featured artists in the exhibit. His works ranged from local consumerism to the inharmonious relationship between the Philippines and the United States of America.
Other featured illustrators include Francisco Coching, Danilo Dalena, Neil Doloricon, E.Z. Izon, Dengcoy Miel, Dante Perez and Jose Tence Ruiz.
Drawing the Lines runs from February 26 until July 8. For more information about the exhibit and the services of the Lopez Museum and Library, call (02) 631 2417 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photos by Monica Pantaleon