Office Gallery: Somapagmahal
SoMapagmahal-- a combination of the English adverb, “so”, and “mapagmahal”, a Tagalog-Filipino adjective that describes someone who is loving, caring and empathetic (and can be retranslated to “so, very loving”)-- is a timely project celebrating the resilience of our Galing Bata youth. Through a five - month mentorship by select teaching artists, our SoMapagmahal youth artists learned to use photography as a tool for self-empowerment and community advocacy. Their works are a result of their praxes in Philippine colonial history, Filipinx/Filipinx-American documentary photography, family portraiture, a visiting artist lecture and our SoMa ethnotour neighborhood walks.
About the Exhibition
This traveling exhibit of their 35mm photography, along with a zine, expresses these youth’s collective cultural memories of SoMa and beyond at a specific, critical time. As audiences, we are constantly humbled by the generosity and empathy of our youth artists in engaging us and one another as cultural producers.