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Brunei Gallery, SOAS University of London

Kaagi: Tracing Visayan Identities Through Cultural Texts (virtual exhibition)

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Date: 14 July 2021Time: 11:00 AM

Finishes: 25 September 2021Time: 5:00 PM

Venue: Brunei Gallery

Type of Event: Virtual Event

Virtual exhibition page:  Kaagi: Tracing Visayan Identities Through Cultural Texts 

About the virtual exhibition:

Taking its cue from the Philippine-Cebuano word for history and the Hiligaynon word ági meaning ‘traces of passing especially on water’, the virtual exhibit Kaagi: Tracing Visayan Identities Through Cultural Texts explores the ways in which texts, objects and performances negotiate, mediate and translate the ‘Bisaya’ as a collective identifier of culture, language and artistic practice. 

Drawing on pre-18th century archival sources on the Visayas most specially the Vocabulario de la lengua Bisaya Hiligueyna y Haraia de la Isla de Panai y Sugbu, dated ca. 1628 and kept at the SOAS Special Collections and Archives, the exhibit explores the connections between colonial archives and cultural practices from the Visayan region.

The exhibit’s interactive portal features ten categories of early contact cultural heritage and extends the exploration by accompanying these with works by contemporary Filipino artists who adapt, transform, and subvert these representations in their practices.

Organiser: Brunei Gallery SOAS & South East Asia Section, School of Languages, Cultures & Linguistics

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