July 11, 17 - 26, 2015

Markets of Resistance redux will be held at the Philippine Women’s University Taft Avenue Campus from July 11, 17-26, 2015. Markets of Resistance is the inaugural, trans-disciplinary project for the Institute for Heritage, Culture and the Arts at Philippine Women’s University (PWU) in collaboration with Ax(iS) Art, a Baguio based collective of indigenous and non-indigenous traditional and contemporary artists. Markets of Resistance was first held in the Baguio City Public Market with workshops, community visits, and artists’ talks held across the Cordillera. Markets of Resistance redux in PWU will be just as packed with a week of artistic, cultural, and intellectual exchanges. It is free and open to the public.

This innovative project, spearheaded by media artist, cultural worker, and educator, Angel Velasco Shaw was inspired by the desire to highlight the cultural diversity and richness of Baguio’s hybrid artistic communities - exploring issues of appropriation of western practices, the impact of local/global tourism, how Filipino traditional markets may or may not represent convenient and/or exotic consumption for some, while remaining an oppositional tradition for others, and the effects of globalization on indigenous and non-indigenous peoples who co-inhabit a place.

Come celebrate the meeting of highland/lowland traditional and contemporary cultures, their artistic practices, intellectual thoughts, cinematic tales, and performative spoken word. Engage in the ancient tradition of the barter-trade system for the participating artists’ everyday life necessities.

Participating in Markets of Resistance redux are established and emerging Baguio artists Kawayan de Guia, Rocky Cajigan, Kidlat Tahimik, Tommy Hafalla, Leonard Aguinaldo, Santiago Bose, Santos Bayucca, Jordan Mang-Osan, Sultan Mang-Osan, John Frank Sabado, Ged Alangui, Solana Perez, Dumay Solinggay, Sirk Deuda, Iman Flores, and Rene Aquitania. Their Manila-based artist counterparts are Abbey Batocabe, Emen Batocabe, Joyce Reyes, Mia Dominguez, Lance Valenzuela, Sarj Casuyon, Sam Occeno, Angel Velasco Shaw, Marta Lovina, Nona Garcia, M.M. Yu, Tanya Villanueva, Gaston Damag, and Jenifer Wofford.

The artworks - painting, photography, mixed media works, art installations, and Zines will not be for sale in the traditional form of a monetary exchange. Instead, an interested customer must purchase what the artist deems to be the monetary equivalent with a prelisted item that they would like in terms of their needs in daily life in exchange for their artwork. The work will be held on reserve for a short period of time while the customer goes to get the artist’s requested item. A short list of nearby stores will be provided. In some cases, if the artist is present, the barter-trade is negotiable.

Artworks - rubber cut prints, paintings and clay works created by Badjau teenagers living in the Malate area produced in a workshop conducted by PWU-SFAD students will be on display in the Conrado Benitez Hall and will be the only artworks for monetary sale. at Pioneer Studios: Cultural Symposium - Saturday, July 11 (1:00pm-4:00pm): Pioneer Studios - 123 Pioneer St. in Mandaluyong
(Suggested Pre-Registration. Limited Seating-60 people)

  • Francisco Benitez, Ph.D. Comparative Literature, University of Wisconsin, current President of the Philippine Women’s University - “Markets and Resistance”
  • Frank Cimatu, poet and journalist at the Baguio Chronicle and the Philippine Daily Inquire - “Freeing and Re-creating the Plaza: Burnham, the Baguio Stone Market and the SM Baguio Battle”
  • Padmapani Perez, Ph.D. Anthropology and member of the Baguio Writers Group - “Indigenous Peoples, Nature, and Shopping Lists”
  • Scott Saboy, Department of Language, Culture and the Artsat the University of the Philippines Baguio - “A Native Re/Turns: An Autoethnographic Musing”

Friday, July 17 - Conrado Benitez Hall Screening of Balikbayan #1 with Kidlat Tahimik - 6:00pm-10pm (the filmmaker will be present)

Helena Z Benitez Hall: Barter Exhibition
Saturday, July 18: 12noon-6pm - Open to the public
Sunday, July 19: 10am-6pm
Saturday, July 25 & Sunday, July 26: 10am-6pm

Audio/Visual Hall Saturday, July 18: Artist Talks with Rocky Cajigan and Kawayan de Guia(1-3pm)

Conrado Benitez Hall: Spoken Word/Performances/Open Mic with the Baguio Writers
Saturday, July 18 (6:00pm-8:00pm)

Allan Cariño, Solana Perez, Kervin Calabias, Dumay Solinggay, SFAD-PWU students (Open Mic)

Audio/Visual Room - 2nd Floor: Kidlat Tahimik Film Screenings & Lester Valle & Carla Ocampo—Monday, July 20 - Thursday, July 23 (6:00-9pm)

Film Screening Schedule:

  • Monday, July 20: Perfumed Nightmare by Kidlat Tahimik
  • Tuesday, July 21: Turumba by Kidlat Tahimik
  • Wednesday, July 22: Why Is Yellow the Middle of the Rainbow? by Kidlat Tahimik
  • Thursday, July 23: Walang Rape Sa Bontok by Lester Valle and Carla Ocampo

Audio/Visual Room: PWU-SFAD Markets of Resistance Student Artists Talks & Documentary Film
Friday, July 24 (6:00pm-8:00pm)

Helena Z Benitez Hall: Rattan Weaving Workshops with Jason Domling
Saturday, July 18 & Sunday, July 19 and & Saturday, July 25 & Sunday, July 26 (1-5pm)