Jed Escueta / Fool Fool Around / May 6 / Bar Opens 7PM
WEDNESDAYS OPEN PLATFORM
Coffeebreak Island FREE ENTRANCE / 9PM
It is probably the dead-pan and yet hard-hitting raw quality of an insider's gesture that lend a photograph its near testimonial authenticity that keeps the viewer drawn–a gaze arrested into that single moment in time. Similarly akin to the useless yet priceless souvenir objects kept in this little tin box to be opened occasionally as proof of life and reality. What distinctly sets a photograph apart from all the others is not simply its capacity to overcome memory, imagination, and the faithful reconstruction of the past nor of the world but its ability to constitute reality in a past state, being at once the past and the real (R.Barthes). An experience that is dare say, religious and mythical. Easy (and hard) it may to consecrate an inimitable aura to the flood of images that confront us every Kbps, thanks to the proliferation of overnight photographers phenomena that litter the cyberspace, there remains a handful whose fascination for the mechanical, chemical and mythological process of photography. A fascination, infectious to disregard. And lurking among the few devotees is Jed Escueta who has instead meticulously taken to doing it the old-school way, sifting through films, negatives and silver-gelatin prints. In Mama Don't Take Away my Kodachrome, the last of Green Papaya's series of WOP Residency, Escueta lays out his specific concerns in the almost forgotten practice of photography. Playing the role of both an insider and outsider. One thinks of a lost alchemy.
Forgotten it is not, as he opens his two-month stint with what is a long overdue tribute to one of the best bands in the Philippines, Coffeebreak Island. Not only unearthing a collection of photographs gathered since 2003 but what best way to launch ceremonial things but with a night of nasty good 'ol dancing, beat and music. No summer has not yet passed, so island dwellers party with us. Don't be fooled just because the beach seems nowhere in sight of the unbearable metro doesn't mean we're no island fools. So come lets Fool fool around!
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