Baraha sa Babaylan / by Philip Cebu



12 December 2018 – 12 January 2019

856G Gallery, Cebu


Baraha sa Babaylan, a solo exhibition by Brenda Fajardo opens at 856G Gallery on December 12, 2018.  Fajardo, who is a visual artist, curator, cultural worker, educator and Professor Emerita of the UP Department of Art Studies,  will present her tarot card series. The exhibition is in partnership with Tin-aw Art Management.

Brenda Fajardo’s construction of a visual language using the tarot card as a narrative device in tandem at times with a dreamscape generated from the tarot cards drawn. This process presents itself as a critical strategy in understanding and reconstructing the Filipino identity across different time frames of past, present, and future.

The symbolic basis of her cards takes direct ownership of different cultural values that both originate and are imposed on the archipelago, this is most apparent in the hybrid nature of some of the Tarot readings she depicts. The Tarot cards and her murals being the vessel of Animism, Mysticism, Christianity, Colonialization, Westernization, and contemporary Filipino tropes such as diasporatic labor and digital serfdom are put together not as a visual melting pot but rather a mosaic of different stories. 

The construction of these narratives allows the viewer to recognize different components in the work Brenda Fajardo decides to reflect. By isolating individual narratives in some of these pieces it provides insight into the what concepts are intertwined together that produces some of the shared narratives that all Filipinos experience.

Fajardo’s early career was in dance and in theater.  She was also a leader of the Philippine Educational Theater Association (PETA).  Fajardo is a pioneer in Philippine contemporary art and is highly respected in the field of culture.  In 2012, she was awarded the Gawad CCP for Visual Arts.

The exhibit will run until January 12, 2019. 856G Gallery is open on Tuesdays to Fridays to ,  1PM to 5 PM.