A photo exhibit installed on the side of the road in the University of the Philippines campus in Diliman, Quezon City, aims to recall the horrors of the years of martial law under the rule of Ferdinand Marcos Sr. in the 1970s.
The exhibit of black and white photographs taken by documentary photojournalist Rick Rocamora tags victims of human rights abuses during the dictatorship as heroes.
The exhibit was launched on the occasion of this year’s Arts and Culture Festival of the University of the Philippines.
The project dubbed “Dark Memories: Victims of Martial Law” is part of the festival and is held in cooperation with the “Kamalayan Pamana ng Gomburza @150.”
Organizers said the exhibit and the other activities aim to “revisit and reflect” on the “kamalayang Filipino” or “Filipino consciousness” and the ideas “alay,” “malay,” and “laya” — derivatives of “kamalayan” in the context of heroic sacrifice for freedom.
“Dark Memories: Victims of Martial Law” chooses to look at the victims of the abuses of martial law as “heroes” like Catholic priests Gomez, Burgos, and Zamora whose sufferings ignited the consciousness for freedom among Filipinos 150 years ago.
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