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Grand Prize Winner of the Pride Photo Award in Amsterdam, Filipina photographer Cindy Aquino Exhibits at the Paolo Mejia Gallery, San Francisco
Manila based photographer, Cindy Aquino mounts a solo exhibition at the Paolo Mejia Gallery and Design Studio in time for San Francisco Pride. The exhibition is jointly presented by Filipino-American production, the Bakla Show 3 of Bindlestiff Studio, and a Manlia-based punk collective, Dirty Shoes Collective.
Cindy Aquino’s solo exhibition focuses on the autonomy and determination of the human spirit. She personally takes us within the access of her surrounding environment: deep inside the psyche of the LGBT Manila folk, as well as her surrounding punk family and community. The combination of these two cultures create a surprising harmony, as urbanites in the city find solace in one’s own self-empowerment as brothers and sisters united in a determined and familial setting of solidarity.
Kadena: Queer as Punk, Cindy Aquino’s solo exhibition will be from June 3 – June 29, 2014 at the Paolo Mejia Art Gallery and Design Studio located in 4343 3rd st. Suit B (cross st., Kirkwood), San Francisco, CA 9424. There will be an opening reception on Sunday, June 15 at 6pm. The exhibition is Free and open to the public.
ABOUT THE ARTIST: Cindy Aquino (b. 1986) is a photographer based in Manila, Philippines. Her photographic work, “Bond” is a recipient of the PRIDE PHOTO AWARD in Oude Kerk, Amsterdam as the Grand Prize in 2013 and 2nd Prize for the “Extremely Normal” category last 23rd of August 2013 in CNN. Cindy is also an active member of Restore Outdoor Club (Rebuilding Environmental and Social Consciousness through Outdoor and Recreational Enrichment) promoting ethical responsibility to protect and manage the environment, based in Manila, Philippines.
ABOUT THE BAKLA SHOW: The Bakla Show was created in 2006 to begin a new movement to reclaim the term ‘BAKLA’ (Tagalog word used as a pejorative for effeminate men) and to be inclusive of gay, lesbian, bisexual transgender and queer F/Pilipin@ identities. They continue to dedicate to their mission to educate, challenge, and encourage dialogue among and between different ethnic and sexually diverse communities by means of increasing the visibility of F/Pilipin@ American LGBTQ/GNC experience with a fully-staged theatrical production: The Bakla Show 3, focused on F/Pilipin@ LGBTQ/GNC youth experiences. Production runs at Bindlestiff Studio in the San Francisco SOMA District from June 12-28.
Purchase tickets at http://baklashow3.bpt.me/