21 Sep Everything is Stolen: Aida Azin
In 2015 Aida Azin was awarded a Project and Development grant from Carclew Youth Arts to undertake a self-initiated mentorship in the Philippines. From April 2016, Aida spent three months travelling throughout the Philippines, building a deeper understanding of her Filipina background.
Everything is Stolen, held at Fontanelle Gallery, is retrospective to Aida’s solo exhibition of the same title, originally held at Project 20 Gallery in Manila in May 2016. Everything is stolen is the culmination of Aida’s 9-week mentorship and through the exhibition Aida shares her personal documentation of her time in-country.
The gallery walls are used as a canvas to create a rough, mural-like, painting of text and abstract imagery. Aida paints with colour, emotion and satire. Cultural preservation and identity are key themes in Aida’s artworks. The imagery is an appropriation of textile designs from embroiders whose tradition is fading due to the pressures of modern society. The work includes depictions of the many people who shared their knowledge of true Filipino history, their stories and perspectives on the issues that are faced by the people today.