Weaving a Room

Filipina artist Alma Urduja Quinto’s Ayayam essentially stood as the Philippines’ voice at the recent 2005 Yokohama International Triennale of Contemporary Art.
Ayayam’s deliberately bedraggled flamboyance is another undisguised affront to quarters that insist that art and life exist on different planets.
As with many of her recent projects, Ayayam was the handiwork of Quinto and a motley sewing crew: Filipino children survivors of domestic abuse, artist-members of the Filipino women’s organisation Kasibulan, Japanese artist Yoshiko Shimada, and a squad of other Japanese volunteers and visitors engaged in literally weaving together a room-size environment drawing imagery from a meshing of Filipino mythology, individual biographies, and contemporary sociology.
Weaving a message for women with the threads of her artInquirer

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