• CHRYSEE G. SAMILLANO
“Fotomoto:Home”, the largest photography exhibition in the Philippines organized by FotomotoPH, opened at the Bacolod Art District in Barangay Mandalagan, Bacolod City Saturday simultaneously with the solo art exhibition of Negrense visual artist R A Tijing titled “Distant Travellers” at the Orange Project.
The complete collection of “Fotomoto:Home” and new works of Negros-based photographers Aeson Baldevia, Faye Abantao, and John Kimwell Laluma are also featured in three additional venues within the Bacolod Art District: White Space Gallery, Block 17 Art Space, and The Open Space. The show will run until June 24.
Part of the Fotomoto proceeds will go to the Art Relief Mobile Kitchen, a volunteer organization that feeds the hungry during times of distress and calamity. The charity was co-founded by photographer Alex Baluyut in 2013 after Typhoon Yolanda.
Meanwhile, Tijing’s pop surrealist paintings illustrates the dangers faced by migrants in seeking greener pastures. His works are mostly pop surreal, modern and social realism.
A self-taught artist, painter, and toy designer, his works have been exhibited in various museums and galleries in the Philippines. He is a graduate of Inter-Disciplinary Studies at the University of St. La Salle Bacolod.
Tijing, a Silay-based artist, was nominated for the Cultural Center of the Philippines 13 Artists Award in 2012. He was a semifinalist in the 2010 Metrobank Art and Design Excellence (MADE) National Painting Competition.*