Iloilo City is a home for many young aspiring and established artists. For the past years, the city became a sanctuary of art galleries and alternative art spaces. The most notable was the opening of the first contemporary art museum in Visayas. With all of these, gallery i located in the heart of the city remained faithful to its objective in housing ilonggo masterpieces. This was very evident in the recently concluded show entitled “Tunga-tunga” a mid-year group exhibition of Hubon Ilonggo: VACI artists.
The exhibition made a summary of the current art scene in the city with the participation of 53 emerging, award-winning and established artists. Namely, Antonio Anas, Anthonnee Arroyo, Eric Barbosa Jr., Margaux Blas, Alvin Brillantes, Jorey Bunda, Sasha Cabais, Paul John Cabanalan, Marrz Capanang, Bea Carnaje, John Michael Catigan, Edmar Colmo, Daryl Dalipe, Marvin Dalisay, Jason Delgado, Michael Delmo, Nelmar Ejar, Noel Elicana, Tyrone Dave Espinosa, Marites Eusoya, Carren Evangelista, Vic Fario, Kinno Florentino, Joebert Gayoma, Isaac Bravo, John Ernie Acedera, Jacob Bravo, Carlo Juntado, Ivy Katague, Raj Llarena, Christian Lozanes, Remy Girl Macabanti, Jecko Magallon, Anjiolina Magarse, Steve Magbanua, Aryanne Malaguis, Timugen Manayon, Marvin Monfort, Ningnong Acedera, Jeanrol Ejar, Norman Vincent Acedera, Mating Namo, Frank Nobleza, Steffi Ogacion, Micahel Pamonag, Renwil Jake Portodo, Pam Reyes, Reymundo Salao, Angelo Sobrepena, Clark Soriano, Shayne Trinidad, Bernd Micah Trofeo and Pg Zoluaga.
Tunga-tunga exhibition showed the diversity of ilonggo art. Aside from wall bound paintings with different approaches like surrealism, pop art, abstract and figurative, wood sculptures were also exhibited, with a total of 78 artworks. Through all these, the exhibition was able to capture the mind of the audience with the used of different presentation unique to every artwork. The exhibition did not draw the line between the artist and the artwork, and it was able to cross the boundaries between the subconscious of the audience. Tunga-tunga is a powerful mid-year group exhibition because it was able to dig deep into the wilderness of its audience living them with answers to their long-unanswered questions in the realm.