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What Lives in Our Temple - 3D virtual exhibition by Altro Mondo

What Lives in Our Temple

Fri, 01/15/2021 to Sun, 02/14/2021

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As the pandemic brought the world to a screeching halt, the art world was not spared. As artists adjusted to the new normal brought about by these unfamiliar circumstances, so did the art-making process.

After many months in solitude, visual artist Robert Besana found himself stripping down his artistic essentials and impulses down to his inherent spiritual aura. Armed with a paintbrush and a canvas, he deciphers the knowledge he’s accrued from the witnessing world’s struggle, and experiencing it for himself, during these desperate times.

What Lives In Our Temple takes inspiration from the biblical passage written by the apostle Paul, where he refers to the body as a temple where holiness dwells, decrying the need to visit a gilded or ornate structure to worship God.

The exhibit becomes an exercise in learning and unlearning, in both life and art. Besana does away with superfluity, instead paring his creative evocations down to their barest minimum, without the convoluted trappings and esoteric decorations that used to fill the empty spaces in his paintings.

Besana fuses contemporary styles with traditional aesthetics in an effort to communicate the core in every Filipino’s personhood, the comprehension of which is tied deeply with one’s acceptance and understanding of one’s faith.

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