Once again, the country was divided into three. Yung mga kampi kay Mideo Cruz at iyung mga Tutol sa gawa niya at ang ikatlo, yung mas marami, yung mga may opinion pero wala naman talagang pakialam. Pero bago tayo man judge, ito muna ang some parts of Mideo Cruz’s Poleteismo Exhibit.

Si Mang Mideo at ang wall decor sa likod niya
Ang Kruz na may salamin para daw makita mong it is you na nakapako at may tite
Si Jisas, may ashtray sa mukha. Nasa pagtingin lang naman yan.
Mickey Christmas
in your bloody hands
ito ang pinakapaborito kong. simple ang statement, pero rock, or pig.

Dahil sa mga gawa niyang ito, maaaring sabihin na siya na ang susunod na best artist after Juan Luna, if not better than him. Mideo made the people move/act/protest with his creation. Imagine, napaluhod niya ang mga debotong katoliko sa harapan ng Cultural Center of the Philippines para lang mapatigil ang kanyang exhibit. Wow, from Installation art, nagkaroon ng performing arts. Di’ba! Ang powerful. Parang Noli at Fili lang ni Rizal na nag lead sa revolution.

Dedma na kung maganda ang work niya. Sabi nga sa isang class ko dati sa humanities, “Art is not only the beautiful but also the ugly.” Or something like that. Nakalimutan ko kung sino nagsabi nito, pero sure ko, prof ko na may ni-quote na someone/somebody. Under that, art na ito, kahit katulad lang ito ng kwarto ko bago ko linisin.

Dedma na rin kung may message yung ginawa niya or wala. May nakaalam ba? Parang ang dumedepensa kay Mideo ay ipinaglalaban ang freedom of expression. Parang hindi naman iyun ang idea nung artist, pero iyun ang mas prominent sa mga discuccions ngayon. Sa kabilang banda naman, ang comment ay “kung mukha kaya ng nanay ninyo ang lagyan ng tite, hindi kayo magagalit?” Na sa tingin ko, wala rin sa point ni Mang Mideo. Mas may point pa ‘yung “Catholic church is an easy target, subukan niya kaya sa Muslim.”

Dedma rin naman yata si Mang Mideo. Parang wala akong naririnig sa kanya. Parang pinapatunayan niyang hindi lang niya publicity ang ginawa niya. Well, okay na rin naman ako sa ginagawa niya. Hindi naman niya kailangan mag explain. Kasi parang joke na pinaliwanag, hindi na nakakatawa.

Pero sa tingin ko, ang gawa niya ay usapin ng pagiging Diyos. Sa isang bansa tulad ng Pilipinas na popolaridad ang nagtutuntong sa isang tao sa pagiging panginoon, ang unang hakbang ay pag-iingay. Kaakibat ng popularidad na ito ang papuri at pambabastos. Mang Mideo as an artist is a god to his work, while directly, sadya man o hindi sadya, binastos/nabastos niya ang diyos ng iba. Siguro, inasahan naman niyang babalik ang panunugligsang ito sa kanya.

2 thoughts on “Mideo Cruz, Ikaw Na!

  1. Hi! ito po ang statement mula sa sa fb ni Mideo. http://www.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=197235577003947

    Manifesto of PALAYAIN ANG SINING – Artist Formation to Uphold Freedom of Artistic Expression

    The whole issue surrounding the Kulô exhibit at the CCP, and particularly that of Mideo Cruz’s Poleteismo, has gotten out of hand, to say the least. But let us not get sidetracked.

    Focusing our attention and ire on one person has made us overlook the larger underlying issue, which affects not only Mideo Cruz but all of us as creators of art and as members of the viewing public: that of censorship and repression.

    The bishops and religious lay leaders pushing for the closure of the exhibit are demanding not only that we persecute one person’s creative expression, but that we hinder any other creative expressions whose concept and presented ideologies they do not agree with. To allow the exhibit’s closure based on such would set the precedent for all other exhibitions that would follow.

    Threats of filing legal charges have been made against the Cultural Center of the Philippines, and has cited Art. 201 of the revised penal code. Yet this law in itself is contrary to Article 3 section 4 of the Philippine Constitution, stating that “no law shall be passed abridging the freedom of speech, expression, or of the press, or the right of the people peacably to assemble and petition the government for redress of grievances.”

    Palayain ang Sining is direct in what it stands for: the fight for freedom in our creative expression; the fight against censorship and repression.

    We call on artists from all fields – visual arts, cinema, theater, dance, music – to unite against this attempt to censor and control what are shown to the public.

    We call on members of the press to likewise uphold our basic constitutional right to freedom of speech, of expression, and of the press.

    Palayain ang Sining does not merely support Mideo Cruz. We support the fight against censorship, and against attacks on our basic right to freedom of expression.

    UPHOLD FREEDOM OF ARTISTIC EXPRESSION! NO TO CENSORSHIP! NO TO REPRESSION!

    August 9, 2011

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