I was supposed to add this to my #WednesdayWalk yesterday but rules are rules so this is all about this street art.
This is one of the works of my favorite artist, Venazir Martinez. Her first street art had got me intrigued. I'll probably be talking about that next time.
Venazir Martinez is a contemporary artist, visual arthropreneur and street muralist. The recent project she had together with several artists is the Sining Iskinita (Street Art) here in the city. I'll be featuring that one later too.
This particular art as you can covers the entire wall of the gasoline station and the fastfood that is found at PNR along Marcoville Street and Utility Road.
This wall features the different traditional attire of the Cordilleras: Benguet, Ifugao, Mountain Province, Abra, Apayao and Kalinga.
I was curious of the red strings that connects them all. This is part of Venazir Martinez' Hibla-bana. It only means that we may have different cultures within our region, different ways of life, different styles of weaving, we are still connected as one.
One particular thing that I have noticed though is this part near the waiting shed at the corner of the wall. I'm not sure if it was intentional that there was no face painted on one of them or because it was not finished. The others do have faces but it was faint. However, this is how it was since the mural was revealed to the public. My take is that it could be me or you or anyone else whose face is in there and that we are all one. We belong. I would like it that that was a mirror installed in the wall to drive that point better, if that was the reason of the artist.
Which makes me question why would you left your work unfinished before moving on to other projects? Which makes me strongly believe that is the purpose of that faceless painting.
Here are the paintings on the rest of the wall. In one particular part of the wall are girls with modern attire that look like teachers or students or office employees. For me at least it looks like modern clothes. All the rest depicted there wore traditional attires.
I would like to think that modern and tradition can come together to make a better future. We should not forget who we truly are or where we are from. That keeps us unique and have our own identity.
I was kind of disappointed when I got here because I couldn't get a better picture of them all. Most of paintings are blocked by the jeepneys and tents and other vehicles. This is a jeepney terminal though so that's understandable but I was hoping that at that early hour it would have been unobstructed. Also, the electric wires are a nuisance too but that cannot be helped.
This is not the original painting that was here but these ones:
These photos were taken three years ago I believe before it was changed to what it is now. I was excited when I saw these. I was not aware that these exist back then not until someone posted about it online. Honestly, it is in social media that I come across such and that is one of the things I appreciate about it. I look out for events in the city that I want to be part of.
I honestly like the current one better because it is more inclusive and showing the rich, colorful culture of the Cordillerans.
If you have street art in your area, come and show them.
All photos are mine