When lenses capture escapism

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“Aliferous” by Jana Francisco.

The series of selected photographs depict raw emotions, unadulterated truths, permanent distractions and fantasies in avoidance of unpleasant realities, as the young student-artists aim to interpret escapism through their photographic abilities, personal styles and art processes.

“Mundane Manila Moment” by Nicole Alfonso.

“Escapism is the candy-coated pill, seen as the ultimate sedative designed to lull you away from realizing quite how dreary and awful things are,” the artists said in their group statement. “By contemplating about our own prisons and personal pleasures we dare to understand and unravel what it is about escapism that is so alluring and figure out what it is we are trying to escape to.”

The show features a different take on the world through the distinct lenses of apprentices Nicole Alfonso, Lynnel Villeno, Samantha Ong, Dana Santiago, Kristel Sevilla, Jana Francisco, Peter Siozon, Carlo Eco, John Fernandez, Harry Hicarte, Royce Chan and Nicholas Patron, whose skills were honed under the meticulous mentorship of the College’s Photography Program chairperson Francis Tady.

“Cage with Chickens” by Carlo Eco.

“Stranger Worlds” is on view until 3 December at the Nova Gallery Manila, La Fuerza Plaza II, 2241 Chino Roces Avenue, Makati City.

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