It's not muted for kids -- and that's good by me. I wanted to expose my little ones (and the not-so-little ones) to many ideas of cultural change, political manipulation, the human cost of development, and art's subjective interpretation. An awereness of what's happening in the global community beyond the mundane everyday.
Stories and images leave lasting impressions, and I hope the kids took at least a couple of deep lingering thoughts from this experience. Not everything is happy and light, and empathy is a muscle we exercise as we consciously step into other people's stories. Sometimes, the artist wishes to convey a certain message, which is not what the viewer may necessarily pick up. Was pleased with the notable participation of Filipino artists.
Kiri Dalena on the Ampatuan Massacre in Mindanao
Art from the Talaandig tribe from the Philippines, done by more than 10 artists. Using clay and soil to paint life and development in muted colors.
Complex cultural interactions and the rippling response. Accept change or resist it.
|A quick break at Dome Cafe|
And just freely playing around the National Museum grounds. So so fortunate to have spaces like these for the kids to learn, to play, to grow.