Perhaps the exhibition’s most striking quality is the wide breadth of artistic strategies on display. Though most of the artists paint, each does so in their own unique style—abstraction, photorealism, mixed-media, and everything in-between are on display. In ’s
paintings, bold, cartoon-inspired aesthetics belie the subject matter’s critical edge. We Come In Peace
(2015) finds two mysterious figures emerging from a body of water with guns overhead, their bodies cloaked in pink camouflage. The piece offers a concise critique of any who profess peace while bearing military weapons—a stance that might be seen as a comment on the Philippines’ own recent history, which has seen multiple attempted coups as well as a declared state of emergency in 2006. The work’s dream-like nature is echoed in ’s The Master and the Apprentice
(2015), in which two wizard-esque men gather in a brilliantly hued forest.