The Culture and Arts Managers of the Philippines, Incorporated (CAMP, Inc.) unites the arts and HIV advocacy for an “art for healing” exhibit on June 13, 2018 (4PM-11PM) at the Casa Real, Acacia Estates in Taguig City where 30 phenomenal artists and art patrons will donate about 50 artworks for auction.
CAMP, Inc. Executive Director Ian Felix Alquiros underscored, “We’ve seen in the previous years that arts have been pivotal in bridging people to take bold action, especially in turning the table of HIV epidemic in the country.” Latest data from the Department of Health showed that 871 individuals were diagnosed with HIV in February 2018 alone, bringing the total cases to 52, 280 since 1984.
According to Alquiros, “The launching of CAMP, Inc. excites the Filipino arts and HIV advocacy communities in the effort to formally merge culture and the HIV cause into a singular functioning organization to utilize the arts as a tool for personal and societal journey of healing.”
Among the artists who donated their artworks are Ani ng Dangal Awardees: Edwin S. Loyola and Niccolo Cosme, who will showcase their masterpieces from their “What’s On Your Mind” and “XIV” series, respectively.
Loyola’s “What’s On Your Mind” series was enthused by his perception of the Philippine society, thus putting powerful words, both aggressive and motivating, into a visual collection laid on a canvass. Cosme’s “XIV” series, on the other hand, was inspired from the 14 stations of the cross, but created within the context of HIV.
Cosme explained, “The pieces from XIV series are painted with HIV positive blood, which I think, give more leverage and texture as well as deeper story on the artworks. This is something that we cannot achieve in terms of digital print.” The conceptual artist also said that through supporting the art exhibit does not only mean donating artworks, but imparting himself and his life for people to imbibe and be inspired with.
Lined-up programs of CAMP include module development in mentoring potential culture and art workers to craft advocacy projects that will primarily benefit the HIV infected and affected communities as well as reintegration of drug users and welfare promotion of transactional sex workers.
CAMP, Inc. is a group of culture managers in the country who envision the use of humanities and the arts as a catalyst to support the HIV infected and affected individuals and communities for their personal and societal transformation and psycho-emotional healing.