disavowed trees, the garden of remembrance
In the Philippine island of Negros Oriental, the highway south of the capital city is filled with tree roots that a century old displaced by roadworks. Their hefty trunks are hauled away by poachers in the night and their remains are brought piecemeal to a barren park during the day. How much longer shall these tree roots tell of their past glory? Artists reflect on the stories they tell. An ode to years of shade, fruit and companionship under the hot midday sun. A photographic essay by Jean-Henri Oracion and Jake Verzosa document these derelict protagonists. Their narrative surround an installation of Karl Aguila's Pedestal series and Joseph Gabriel's ceramic reflection on detritus. Their work aspires to a monument of atrophied bodies, lustrous in their ghostly silhouettes.