AHSCEC holds inaugural exhibition
The Artisanal Heritage Studies and Creative Enterprise Center (AHSCEC) officially launched its inaugural exhibition at the Mindanao Folk Arts Museum last May 24, 2019.
The exhibition entitled “HeadPEACE: The Tangkulo of the Bagobo-Tagabawa” features the iconic headpiece of the said Davao tribe, which traditionally denotes hierarchy and stature and at the same time holds spiritual meaning.
With the presence of PWC administrators led by President Conrado L. Benitez II, alumni, exhibiting designers, and representatives of the Bagobo-Tagabawa community, the opening event showcased a performance by the PWC Bayanihan dancers, a brief to the exhibition by AHSCEC project coordinator Emi Englis, and a message from Bae Arlyne Salazar of the Bagobo-Tagabawa tribe.
The exhibit proper features 4 parts: the Tangkulo’s Material Dimensions, Prestige and Heritage, Cross-currents and Visions, and the Interactions and Interventions which features institutional partnerships particularly that with the Bagobo-Tagabawa of Toril.
Also exhibited is the integration of contemporary design through the works of accomplished Davao designers Christopher Zamora and Wilson Limon, both alumni of the PWC Fashion Design program. The exhibit concept in fact largely draws inspiration from Zamora’s undergraduate thesis.
Following its ceremonial blessing last April 10, 2019, the new museum will serve as a venue for students, faculty, and community partners to collaborate and co-make globally appealing but locally made heritage-inspired products, services, or ideas.
The HeadPEACE: The Tangkulo of the Bagobo-Tagabawa Inaugural Exhibition is made possible by a working grant from CHED K-12 Institutional Development and Innovation Grant and fellowship from the British Council Creative Innovators Program. The exhibit will be on mount until July 15, 2019 at the museum located at the PWC TED Library, Mansaka Building.
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