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Bacolod City, Philippines Monday, August 24, 2020
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‘In the midst’

Ninfa Leonardia

“ In the Midst” is a collaborative installation by Manny Montelibano and Ben Lopue III, with model Megan Dean Campbell.

Montelibano expressed that “In the Midst” is an installation composed of artifacts, found objects, and thermal video. He used old film projectors from an old cinema in downtown Bacolod, where he used to watch movies as a kid. This reflects his love for the moving image and foundation of his art. Another component of the work is two thermal videos of a model showing her poses of modeling in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic. Scattered on the floor are parts and pieces of mannequins, left unattached, and with no base.

“The elements of the installation were inspired by Megan Campbells’ lockdown story. She was in the midst of her ongoing career, projected dreams, and forced to stop by the health crisis. Her career plans of continuing as an actor and model were greatly affected. This work therefore reflects the people in the movie and entertainment industry, currently suffering from poverty and depression. They love their work, they are artists in their respected fields, but are hindered to do what they love to do,” Montelibano further explained.

“In the Midst” opened June 28 and is available for viewing this year at Grey Space in Art District 2, Bacolod City. Photos by Aeson Baldevia.*

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