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A Force For Nature: WWF-Philippines ‘Earth Exhibit’ Online Auction Supports Environmental Frontliners in Bulacan

A Force For Nature: WWF-Philippines ‘Earth Exhibit’ Online Auction Supports Environmental Frontliners in Bulacan

  • 25 November 2020

Typhoon Ulysses swept across Luzon last November 11, leaving many of our countrymen vulnerable in its wake. The torrential downpour, and raging floods that followed brought about insurmountable wreckage to many parts of the island.

In the aftermath of this natural disaster, a generous outpouring of help came from the local art community. Immediately after the skies cleared, painters, photographers, printmakers, and sculptors alike opened up their online stores for commissions at affordable prices solely for the benefit of those affected. Most of these artists chose beneficiaries close to their hearts— ranging from the shoemakers of Marikina to the many left stranded, perched for dear life on rooftops in Cagayan.

The relevance of art has been questioned over and over again in the past year, especially with the onslaught of the Covid-19 pandemic. However, these artists have shown how art persists in the midst of adversity and struggle— and in fact, comes to the aid of others. Through their actions, they’ve proven that art does not exist in a vacuum— art is, and always has been, deeply intertwined with the human experience of struggle, hope, and tenacity.

The ‘earth exhibit’ online auction, in partnership with the World Wildlife Fund for Nature (WWF) Philippines and the growing art-focused social enterprise Bid For the Future (BFF), shares in this same spirit of harnessing art as a vehicle to giving back to those most in need during these troubling times.

Each artist specifically created or curated works from their collections for the auction. As a fitting tribute to the auction beneficiary, the 209 Dumagats and their families living in WWF’s conservation site, Ipo Watershed in Norzagaray, Bulacan, the works of art revolve around themes of nature, environment, and the connections and interdependencies between us and our surroundings.

BFF founder, Joaquin Lerma shares, “By protecting our watersheds, we can help control the amount of water that flows into our rivers and lakes, thereby lessening their potential for damage to property and loss of lives, in addition to increasing public preparedness.”

Scroll through to get a glimpse of the evocative and advocative lots to be offered at the ‘earth exhibit’ online auction on Saturday 5 December at 2 pm.

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AGNES ARELLANO, ‘Weeping Tamaraw’, 2014, Handpainted and tea-stained cast stone

SAM PENASO, ‘Flora Scape’, 2020, Acrylic on canvas

EMMANUEL SANTOS, ‘Epona and Deméter’, 2013, Photography. Printed on cotton rag archival material

KAWAYAN DE GUIA, ‘Popular Extinction 2019’, 2020, Mixed Media

KUH LEDESMA, ‘The Vine and the Branches (Cling)’, 2014, Acrylic on canvas

OLIVIA D’ABOVILLE, ‘My Womb Is Your Ocean I’, 2019, Philippine silk on canvas

CELESTE LECAROZ, ‘Philippine Eagle in Spontanrealismus’, 2020, Acrylic on canvas

NINA MARTINEZ, ‘Lipa I’, 2019, Archival print on old mill

CARMEN BRIAS WESTENDORP, ‘Untitled’, 2011, Oil on masonite

JAO MAPA, ‘Aguila’, 2020, Mixed media on canson paper, unframed

JUNE DIGAN, ‘The Journey of Nova’, 2020, Acrylic and gouache on canvas

JINGGOY BUENSUCESO, ‘Nagkatawang Hayop’, 2017, Sandcasted aluminum

BENJIE CABANGIS, ‘Sanctuaries II’, 2019, Acrylic on canvas

JONAHMAR SALVOSA, ‘Atimonan Forest, Our Sanctuary’, 2019, Acrylic on canvas

ROM VILLASERAN, ‘Mutation’, 2019, Acrylic on canvas

With a nod to our outreach partner, register and bid for the future on our website on Saturday, 5 December at 2pm. Right now, you can already browse through the over 100 lots by established and emerging contemporary Filipino visual artists, as well as fashion items and collectibles donated by WWF Ambassadors Pia Wurtzbach, Enzo Pineda, and Rovilson Fernandez through our online catalogue.