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4 March 2020, Paris, France – Paris-based Filipino artist Ryan Arbilo, well-known for his first photography exhibition “Chicken Hands” that was featured at the Maison Européenne de la Photographie in Paris in 2016 and the Yuchengco Museum in Makati City in 2017, brings back to Europe his second exhibition entitled, “Halo-Halo”.

After successful runs at the Philippine Consulate General in Milan, the Yuchengco Museum and, more recently at the Galerie Depardieu in Nice, Halo-Halo is now being showcased in Ryan Arbilo’s current stomping ground, Paris, at the IESA Galerie in the 11th arrondissement.

Ryan Arbilo Halo Halo 2 March 2020

Paris, 2 March 2020 – Philippine Embassy’s First Secretary/Consul Christina Rola McKernan (R) with artist/photographer Ryan Arbilo (center standing) and exhibition curator Oriana Llamas (L). (Also in the photo is a friend of the artist and curator, Jedd Tan.)

The exhibition, whose name comes from the Philippine dessert “Halo-halo” (which roughly translates to “mixed”), features 16 black and white photographs of families composed of Filipina mothers, European fathers and their biracial children. The exhibition curator, Ms. Oriana Llamas - also a Filipino based in Paris - explains how Arbilo aims to create awareness and understanding of the notion of a globalized nation with mixed-race relations, culture and language.

She continues to explain that the halo-halo dessert, juxtaposing it to life, resonates in the diaspora of Filipinos trying to survive on a daily basis and to find meaning/value in a land that has become their second home. In an attempt to find significance in their lives and as a means for survival, love was found, amidst all chaos and difficulty of differences in culture and values; something beautiful, sometimes heartbreaking but more often inspiring.

The Philippine Embassy expressed its support through its presence at the opening of the exhibition on Monday, 2 March 2020. The exhibition will run for week, until 8 March 2020, at the IESA Galerie, 1 Cité Griset 75011, Paris, France. For more information, visit the Embassy’s website and Facebook page. END.