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Alunsina: A Clutch Exhibit – Saturday, February 20 2010

Posted February 17th, 2010
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Alunsina: A Clutch Exhibit. The Kapisanan Philippine Centre for Arts & Culture in Toronto, presents ALUNSINA: A Clutch Exhibit, featuring works by: Kristina Guison, Daryl Anne Panganiban, Desiree Gamotin and Flerida Peña. The exhibit is based upon reflecting the creative spectrum of four young Filipina artists showcasing visual art, installation, film, photography, music and performance.

Opening Reception Venue:
Kapisanan Philippine Centre for Arts and Culture
167 Augusta Ave.
Saturday, February 20, 7PM – 11PM
Film Screening: 8PM

Gallery Hours:
February 20 – March 6
Wed – Fri 1PM-8PM, Sat 1PM-6PM

“There was a time when there was still no world. No sun, no moon. No time. Let me create, the goddess cried.”

Here’s the Official Press Release:


February 20, 2010

Toronto- The Alunsina art exhibit, featuring the multi-disciplinary debut of four young and talented Filipina artists, opens to the public on February 20 at the Kapisanan Philippine Centre for Arts and Culture in the heart of Kensington Market.

The exhibit starts at 7 PM and the opening remarks will be given by Kapisanan’s Executive Director Caroline Mangosing and the Clutch Program coordinator April Aliermo, followed by a screening of the women’s original short film Perched at 8 PM.

Artists Desiree Gamotin, Kristina Guison, Flerida Peña and Daryl Anne Panganiban will present their work in installation, photography, performance art, visual art and film. The exhibit is inspired by the pre-colonial creation myth of the Filipina goddess Alunsina and focuses on issues of identity, cultural heritage and female empowerment faced by the artists as young women of colour.

The artists are the second group of Filipina women to be mentored by an artistic community of playwrights, visual artists, graphic designers, poets, musicians, theatre artists and filmmakers under Clutch, the free six-month, intensive signature arts mentorship program created and run by the Kapisanan Philippine Centre for Arts and Culture. This is the second year of the Clutch program, which is supported by the Ontario Arts Council.

The Alunsina exhibit will run from February 20 to March 6. The Vinta Gallery of the Kapisanan Philippine Centre for Arts & Culture is located at 167 Augusta Avenue. The gallery hours are 1-8 PM on Wednesdays through Fridays and 1-6 PM on Saturdays.

The Kapisanan Philippine Centre for Arts and Culture is a youth-led organization that fosters leadership and positive Filipino cultural identification through arts presentation and professional development. Nestled in one of the most vibrant and diverse enclaves in Toronto, Kensington Market, the Kapisanan Philippine Centre for Arts and Culture has grown to become a focal point for arts mentorship, arts and cultural workshops and events.


CLUTCH is a free six-month arts-based program for young Filipina women to start a dialogue with each other, get mentorship from professional artists within the community, have access to professional tools to hone their creativity, define their identity, explore their cultural heritage, and tell their stories on their terms. CLUTCH aims to provide hands-on artistic and leadership development, through the exploration of cultural identity as the foundation for empowerment.

KAPISANAN would like to acknowledge the generous support from The Ontario Arts Council of this project.

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