DE LOYOLA, Racquel

2006 6th 7a*11d Festival

Racquel de Loyola, Subsisting Sustenance (Mebuyan Series) 7a*11d 2006 PHOTO Dave Kemp

Subsisting Sustenance (Mebuyan Series)
Friday October 27 8 pm
XPACE

This lamentation of a multi-breasted creature is a contemporary rendition of Mebuyan, an ancient Filipino myth of the Bagobo tribe. Mebuyan is the nurturer of the village. In contemporary times it may mean the need to sacrifice in order for the community to continue to exist, or perhaps the motherland providing sustenance to her people. The accompanying melody, Tula ni Oryang, is a kundiman song taken from a poem of Gregoria “Oryang” de Jesus, the widow of Andres Bonifacio, a Filipino hero from the later period of Spanish colonization. Even without understanding the lyrics, the sense the grief is compelling.

Racquel de Loyola’s work addresses the issues of women, colonization, identity, migration, displacement, capitalism and globalization. Loyola is currently a convener of the New World Disorder. She has recently presented performances at the Currency Festival of Performance (New York, 2005), the 7th ASIATOPIA (Bangkok, 2005), Asia Meet Asia (Tokyo, 2006), and the Laokoon Art Festival (Germany, 2004).

Philippines