Balik Bayan at Blacktown Arts Centre
- When 7 Sep - 2 Nov 2017
78 Flushcombe Rd Blacktown NSW 2148
(02) 9839 6558
Six key Sydney cultural institutions – including the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Blacktown Arts Centre, Campbelltown Arts Centre, Mosman Art Gallery, Peacock Gallery (Auburn), and Museums & Galleries of New South Wales – present a multi-arts program, The Bayanihan Philippine Art Project, exploring contemporary art and cultural practices from the Philippines.
Literally translated from the Tagalog language, 'balik' means return and 'bayan' means town or country. Together, the two words form a return to country and act as a provocation to explore themes around migration, place and cultural practice. Balik Bayan asks a central question: What does a ‘return to country’ mean for one of the world’s largest diaspora communities?
Opening at the Blacktown Arts Centre as part of the overall festival, Balik Bayan, offers a multi-art form and community celebration aimed to transform the Centre into a gathering space of intersecting contemporary art forms: video, installation, painting, performance, film, community activations and events, featuring local and international artists with Filipino ancestry.
Exhibiting artists in Balik Bayan include; Anino Shadowplay Collective, Caroline Garcia, Leeroy New, Robert Nery, Melanie Palomares, Marnie Palomares, Ala Paredes, Bhenji Ra, Melissa Ramos, Alwin Reamillo, Marikit Santiago, Justin Shoulder (UNSW Art & Design), Sinta, Sipat Lawin, and Sydney Sonata Singers.
The Bayanihan Philippine Art Project concludes at Blacktown Arts Centre on 2 November 2017, timed to match All Souls Day, a significant date in the Filipino cultural calendar.