Renato Habulan, Pablo Baen Santos, and Antipas Delotavo, three of the leading proponents of Social Realism in the Philippines, share the varied situations, experiences, and motivations that impact their practice in the 1970s until the present.
Habulan focuses on the prevalent modes of the period and the visual language specific to Social Realism. Delotavo shares how the cold war impacted his practice and his shift from abstraction to Social Realism. Baen Santos expounds on the visual language of Social Realism, the history of calligraphy and on the importance of writing in visual art practice.
The presentations, to be moderated by Marika Constantino, will underscore the crucial role of artists that continues especially today in the achievement of a just and equitable society.
Marika Constantino is a visual artist, curator, and the co-founder of 98B Collaboratory together with Mark Salvatus and Mayumi Hirano, where she is also its Executive Director. As a visual artist, she has participated in significant exhibitions in the Philippines and abroad. As a freelance writer, she contributes to a number of globally distributed publications. She shares her various experiences in the art practice to a wider audience as an educator and an independent curator. Her early exposure to art and her boundless fascination for the creative process resulted with a degree from the UP College of Architecture to further studies at the UP College of Fine Arts, with Art History as her major. In 2012, Constantino co-curated the exhibition “ReCollection: 1081: Clear and Present Danger (Visual Dissent on Martial Rule) at the Cultural Center of the Philippines to commemorate the 40th year since the declaration of Martial Law.