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Nathalie Dagmang 2010-24702 BFA Sculpture

Take-off from Yue Minjuns Execution Yue Minjuns paintings are juxtaposed with his self-portraits bearing large mocking grins. His paintings are labeled under cynical realism, works that depict reality in a sarcastic/mocking way. The painting Execution in particular, shows 2 groups of men, one group in their underwear, the other pretending to hold guns and aiming at the naked group. This work is said to be a take-off from Francisco Goyas The Third of May and Edouard Manets The Execution of Emperor Maximilian, both being commentaries on the political violence of the artists time. In contrary, Execution was said to be inspired by the events that happened in the Tiananmen Square at around 1989, particularly the Tiananmen massacre where demonstrators (and even civilians) were shot by the military. The Tiananmen Square protests resulted from the peoples hunger for democracy and economic freedom after the decline of the authoritarian socialist-system of China. The smile shown by the faces in his paintings is his reaction to the social and political situation of China today, which he says is similar to the reaction of his fellow countrymen. In the Philippines, Filipinos seem to reveal the same attitude towards social problems and issues that they face every day. For my work, I chose to depict Filipino men submerged in flood while transporting water containers. I juxtaposed a photo of a laughing Filipino child instead of a grinning self-portrait. When typhoon Ondoy struck the country, most Filipinos were devastated as the floods destroyed their homes and killed their families. But after the flood, there seem to be a fast recovery: affected Filipinos are caught on television smiling and waving to the camera, memes and witty photos about the flood invaded social networking sites, and inside jokes on each ones Ondoy experiences were heard when the classes resumed. Filipinos acted, like they always do, as if no one died and nothing was lost after the tragedy.