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A dramatic assembly of humans and nature

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The Cultural Center of the Philippines presents KAINGIN: An Earth Month Art Installation by Jinggoy Buensuceso. Curated by Junyee as a continuation of Angud (2007), the installation was launched on April 30 at the CCP Front Lawn and 4th Floor Atrium. 

Visual artist Jinggoy Buensuceso transforms the CCP Front Lawn into a burnt forest with over a thousand contemporary bululs made of molded fibreglass infused with burnt debris, soil, and dust, collected from areas in the Philippines that encounter the most serious environmental struggles. These new sculptures, and their state at every phase of the exhibit, represent the forests that are synonymous to humanity, as their fates are intertwined. If forests die, we die.

Jinggoy Buensuceso’s art installation features bululs made of molded fibreglass infused with burnt debris, soil, and dust

KAINGIN is a dramatic assembly of humans and nature, a wake-up call to make a stand for our land, challenge the current ways, and push for solutions that will sustain humanity without collateral damage.

Jinggoy Buensuceso (b. 1982, Samal, Bataan) is a visual artist and sculptor working at the new frontier of art and design to create a synesthetic creative language that fuses the natural and artificial worlds. Buensuceso’s art is informed by a deep knowledge of materials and processes, both ancient and modern. 

The artist feels his way through the connective tissues between humanity and nature, envisioning lines that create the contours of the physical and metaphysical. Each installation and sculpture is influenced by these linear movements. 

The dichotomy of existence, with its eternal and opposing forces of chaos and order, nurtures his iconoclastic convictions of the divine pairings that feature in his work. True to his anarchic style, he has embraced the color black as an ambiguous muse: black is everything and nothing; it is sensuous and solemn; it is the color of the void that births manifold universes.

Buensuceso is a graduate of Visual Communications from the College of Fine Arts of the University of the Philippines-Diliman.

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