Davao-based artist Judelyn Villarta reveals the rich details of the rituals and beliefs of indigenous people of Bukidnon in her first solo exhibition A Glimpse of Bukidnon. Men and women dressed in traditional clothing and posed in their quotidian practices are set against dreamlike backgrounds riled with patterns reminiscent to their tribes. With eyes closed, the portraits express a semblance of reverence for a vibrant culture and heritage that continues to live in modern times.
Villarta received her BFA in Painting from the University of Mindanao in Davao. She has been part of group exhibitions such as “Ugnayan Artistic Impression of Mindanao Life” at the Abreza Mall in Davao in 2018; “Southern Sensibilities Second Series” at the Manila House Private Members Club in Taguig in 2017; and “Southern Sensibilities” at the SM Art Center in Davao in 2016, among others. (IF)