Pick Up Your Mat and Walk’ is a collection of wooden makeshift crutches and letters collected by Jason Dy from masses | Photo by Anne Kathleen S. Vicho
By Anne Kathleen S. Vicho

Let us reverse the question, what remains after we die?

The after death has been a topic of contemplation for as long as humanity itself. Different beliefs and religions point out to different destinations: heaven for the pure of heart, purgatory for the sinners, and the underworld for the hopeless.

What is left after the departed’s journey on to their final destination is the theme of the art exhibit, Testimony of What Remains by the Jesuit priest, Jason Dy, SJ that follows his series of projects centered on bottled memorabilia, envelopes of prayer requests and actual remains of cemetery markers and statuettes.

The short spiritual journey inside the exhibit room begins with the presentation of artworks, In Loving Memory Of and Pick Up Your Mat and Walk.

In Loving Memory Of is a collection of commemorative objects given by parishioners to remember their deceased loved ones contained in 23 bottles. This activity started in 2009 in Sacred Heart Parish in Cebu City wherein Dy serves as the rector. The collection was presented in Madrid for the international contemporary Christian art exhibition, Arte + Fe (Art and Faith) for the World Youth Day in 2011.

In Loving Memory Of: 23 bottles, found objects |Photo by Anne Kathleen S. Vicho
Envelopes containing mass prayer intentions are plastered along the walls while a Pabasa is being played in the background on loop. Further inside is Dy’s collection of photographs of tomb markers titled, Squared Piece of Paradise showing how we protect and keep offering to the memory of our loved ones.

Collections of various bottled memorabilia contain debris and sludge from floods and polluted riverbanks, office supplies, antique porcelains, tags from designer brands, shells and corals signifying the Earth and the material things that we will be leaving behind after death.

The exhibit will run until August 18. It opens from Tuesday-Sunday, 10-6pm in the Bulwagang Fernando Amorsolo in the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP). 

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