Oak Cliff Cultural Center is kicking off its new gallery season with “BAHAY”, an exhibition featuring the works of Isabel Cuenca and Matt Manalo. “BAHAY” opens July 31, 2015 and closes September 4th, 2015. Reception will take place on Saturday, August 8th 2015, from 5:30pm – 8:00pm. Both exhibit and reception are FREE and open to the public.
Isabel Cuenca and Matt Manalo were born and raised in the Philippines, but grew up in the United States. This has influenced thier work through the desire of constructing compositions that depict the nuances of religion and culture within the two communities. By examining their experiences and memories, they explore the overlap, which creates a hybrid of two worlds.
“BAHAY” encompasses the nature of Matt and Isabel’s own subjectivity, relationship with nature, religious practice, and ethnicity. Their influences stem from Philippine folklore, to colonialism, and current cultural practices in both the micro, intimate, interior environment of the home; and its position within external environment of the community though a worldwide lens.