FACING AN AUSTERE WORLD
A virtual exhibit
Andrew Zarate. "Pennies for the people, pounds for the powerful" / Every year the national budget benefits those in power and their corporate cohorts rather than the people. Billions are allocated for debt payments, “confidential funds,” projects involving politically-connected businesses, and the military. Meanwhile, social services such as education, healthcare, and public housing are annually slashed.
Carlo Manalansan. "From the 2022 International Working Women's Day in the Philippines" / Women's groups include in their demands the calls to increase wages, abolish a regressive tax law and the IMF-backed oil deregulation law, and hold accountable those in power.
Ashley Venerable. "Strangled" / The Philippines has been indebted to foreign institutions for many years. Most of these loans go to mega-infrastructure projects, rather than basic services. Worse, with austerity, higher taxes are imposed on the people resulting in higher living costs, while wages remain low. Budget cuts are also implemented on essential services such as education, healthcare, public transport subsidy, and food. Women workers who bear the responsibility of managing their households are further burdened. How can women escape the grip of austerity?
Carlo Manalansan. "From the 2022 International Working Women's Day in the Philippines" / Women's groups call to hold accountable former President Duterte for sinking the country in debt and corruption, and Ferdinand Marcos Jr., who would later be the President, for the Marcos family's billions in unpaid estate taxes
Wahenga Youth. "The 'hunger revolution' and the people's food budget" / Mural in Nairobi, 2022
Cian Dayrit. "Incursio Perniciosa" / 2021, embroidery on fabric, 75x106cm / Subverting the Tree of Life motif, Incursio Perniciosa outlines the network of systemic oppression in a semi-feudal and semi-colonial society.
Cian Dayrit. "Aggressive Branding" / 2018, acrylic and collage on handmade paper, 61x61cm Crude markings figure in a violent topography against the backdrop of imperialist logic.
Faye Cura. "A typical home for a fishing family in a mangrove area" / Northern Mindanao, 2021
Faye Cura. "A family of gleaners gathering seashells at sunset while the sea is at low tide" / Northern Mindanao, 2021
Faye Cura. "Mother and daughter setting away fishing net after a day at the sea" / Northern Mindanao, 2021
Frances Abrigo. "Pagsira sa Gamit na Pangsira (Destruction of the tools of destruction)" / Acrylic, cloth and soot on canvas / It represents the people's resounding rejection of the previous Duterte administration's Build, Build, Build (BBB) programme. BBB was a mega-infrastructure drive captured by corporations; new taxes against the people were imposed to generate revenue.
Uri De Ger. "Neoliberalism for Dummies" / Oil on Canvas, 2018
Jose Olarte. "Nasaan Sila? (Where are they?)" / Installation: Assemblage of hollow blocks, 1:200 scale model humans, 5-minute sound collage, red LED light
Romeo Jara. "Wala nang Kumot (No more blankets)" / In reality, our "kumot" (which means blanket in Filipino) has long been taken away from us through various anti-people policies such as budget cuts. We are forced to suffer in the cold. Resiliency is being used by the powerful. They say: we will get by with just resiliency alone.
Cian Dayrit. "A Rare Colorized Image of Institutional Assimilation" / 2018, oil on canvas, 182x152cm / Laying bare the insidious contradictions of manifest destiny requires critical readings of the foundations of nation building.
Chad Lim. "Do you believe in ghosts? Well, I do." / 2021 / It's about how our government made the budget for our health workers and the entire healthcare system less of a priority in the midst of the pandemic.
Buen Abrigo. Quadriptych: Picture of the Fatal Course of Imperialism and its Impact on the Marginalized Filipinos, I. / The images are artistic interpretations of Philippine society at the mercy of the neoliberal directions promoted by US imperialism, the International Monetary Fund, and the World Bank Group. The Filipino people suffer from the economic and political crises engendered by neoliberal policies.
Buen Abrigo. Quadriptych: Picture of the Fatal Course of Imperialism and its Impact on the Marginalized Filipinos, II.
Buen Abrigo. Quadriptych: Picture of the Fatal Course of Imperialism and its Impact on the Marginalized Filipinos, III.
Buen Abrigo. Quadriptych: Picture of the Fatal Course of Imperialism and its Impact on the Marginalized Filipinos, IV.
Khalil Salih Versoza. "Pisapungan." / Pisapungan is a 20-minute documentary film about development aggression in Capas, Tarlac, Philippines. It shows the on-going land grabbing of the lands of peasants and Indigenous Peoples to build the New Clark City, dubbed as the “Philippines’ first smart, green, and resilient city”. It is a public-private partnership (PPP) project funded through loans from regional development banks and foreign corporations. Similar to World Bank-backed PPP projects, austerity measures are often imposed on the people to pay for debts incurred from projects such as the New Clark City.

Watch the documentary: https://bit.ly/Pisapungan

Kris Lujein Varon. “Under and Over”. / Women workers are underpaid and overworked in neoliberal economies reared by the IMF-WBG.
Ciarra Flores. "fight back." / 2022 / In the Philippines, farmers continue to suffer from landlessness and exploitation akin to feudal times. Neoliberal policies promoted by the IMF-WBG such as regressive taxation, liberalised trade along with the scaling back of agricultural support and subsidies to farmers, so-called land reform initiatives that reinforce corporate and elite land monopoly, among others, exacerbate their impoverished conditions. Farmers assert their rights and sovereignty through various forms of struggle.

Facing an austere world

DEVELOPED BY IBON INTERNATIONAL

AS PART OF THE END AUSTERITY ACTIVISM FESTIVAL

 

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