Binhi is a Tagalog word for seeds that are sure to grow. The exhibit is an acknowledgement of part of our heritage which is not often discussed.
—Katrina M. Mendoza
Binhi is the name of a new exhibit opening at the Graffiti Gallery on May 31.
It's a showcase of artworks by ten Filipino-Canadian artists. Katrina M. Mendoza is the curator and she tells SCENE why she wanted to put this exhibition together.
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My father is a teacher. During the 80s he taught drafting at a high school in Manila, Philippines. Today he is a supervising cashier at a Winnipeg grocery store.
"Untitled" by Michael Mogatas (Pat Lazo)
You have probably heard that knowing where you come from is important to knowing where you want to be.
In the past couple years I've been thinking more and more about what my Filipino-Canadian heritage means to me.
I am a Winnipegger born to Filipino parents. I understand Tagalog, but I'm not fluent. When I last visited my family in the Philippines, I was eight.
Now I am 21 and my recent attempts at doing some research on the Philippines and Filipino artists have been limited to the internet and very few books in local libraries.
"Uniform" by Katrina Mendoza (Pat Lazo)
I became curious to know what this means for other young Filipino-Canadian artists of my generation.
What is 'heritage' and 'identity' for someone who grows up in a Filipino family in Canada? This question can only be answered by the community and there will, of course, be more than one answer.
The idea for Binhi
came about when I realized that the art of local Filipino-Canadian artists hold some of those answers -- but many of these artists had never met.Binhi
is a Tagalog word for seeds that are sure to grow. The exhibit is an acknowledgement of part of our heritage which is not often discussed; it reflects on our perspective of a time when our families were putting down roots.
My father wears his black and white uniform with the same discipline of his past work, with the willingness to face the unexpected in life and to never stop learning about others and oneself.This content is provided by Katrina M. Mendoza. The views expressed do not express the views of CBC. CBC is
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