Sunday, December 6, 2009

History and Betrayal

History is one of my least-liked subjects back in school. I despise the fact that I have to memorize names of people I don't know personally - the 'who', the places they have been to - the 'where', and the dates they happened - the 'when'.

On the other hand, I appreciated the 'Why.' I believed that in every thing that occurred, it was caused by something.

And it is interesting to analyze and know 'why it happened'.

Reading a particular blog lately reminded me that what truly transpired in history may not always be how we were molded to perceive it.

Discovering other accounts and perspectives from visiting museums and art galleries can be an eye opener as well.

The recent Zero in Periphery exhibit involving 4 museums and 1 art gallery was one such. Let us take a closer look at some of them.
A striking fact from the Deleted Scenes of the Lopez Memorial Museum which can betray your history would be the fact that more Filipinos were killed between 1899 and 1913, the time of the Americans, than during the centuries-long stay of the Spaniards.
The second museum exhibit is that of Invisible Children at the Museo Pambata. The exhibit is ongoing until December 20, 2009. It focuses on children's rights and the difficulties they are going through.

The middle row shows photos of Imelda Marcos
launching a line of fashion accessories. (Ateneo Art Gallery)

And lastly, the Beyond Media exhibit at the Ateneo Art Gallery showcased photographs which gave snapshots of the past and eventually defining our present day situation. This exhibit is ongoing until December 15, 2009.

* All photos used in this article is sourced from "Zero-in Periphery exhibit" by Janette Toral

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