Should Jose Rizal be alive today in the form of a rebellious adult who would vandalize structures like Torre de Manila, and photobomb those who want a photo op with the said building, would you stage a rally against our National Hero?
Would you even consider Rizal as a criminal for vandalizing even if we all know that he has contributed a lot to the country?
This is what artist Bonifacio Juan highlighted in his installation at the 7th ManilArt held in SMX Convention Center in SM Aura, Taguig City, where he portrayed a rebellious Rizal.
Juan’s installation depicts a 10-foot wall painting of Rizal Monument, sans Jose Rizal, in Luneta, with Torre de Manila in the background. With a vandalized Torre de Manila in the background, our beloved National Hero is holding a can of spray paint and flashing the peace sign, posing in the said installation and acts as if he is the photobomber of Torre de Manila.
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While Bonifacio’s installation serves as a photobooth for visitors who want to be photobombed by our National Hero (and actually enjoyed Juan’s idea), his installation is one of the many ways people can express themselves on the Torre de Manila issue, where there remains a debate between the country’s economic progress and the respect for heritage places and structures.
At an era where the country is progressing and our heritage places are dwindling in numbers, Juan’s installation, which is among the highlights of this year’s ManilArt, it is nice to see that artists like Juan are able to create installations portraying a message that people, especially the youth, can understand.
The whole Torre de Manila issue by itself is complex, as it deals with terms even the common Filipino might not understand. Still, it is through these forms of art that people can understand the bigger picture behind the issue.
Come to think of it, if you were in Rizal’s shoes, would you actually do the same thing?
*Photos from ManilaArt Facebook Page