“Kapwa is a recognition of a shared identity, an inner self, shared with others. This Filipino linguistic unity of the self and the other is unique and unlike in most modern languages. Why? Because implied in such inclusiveness is the moral obligation to treat one another as equal fellow human beings. If we can do this – even starting in our own family or our circle of friends – we are on the way to practice peace. We are Kapwa People.”
— Professor Virgilio Enriquez, founder of Sikolohiyang Pilipino.
KAPWA brings together 9 local Filipino artists from the Philadelphia/New Jersey region whose work is connected by shared themes of identity and community care. By exploring different aspects of our relationship with the Philippines and the United States, examining and reclaiming our own sense of self, and reconnecting with cultural roots, these artists shed light on the diverse experiences within the Filipino community. From contemporary aesthetics to traditional expressions, Kapwa offers a glimpse into the rich tapestry of perspectives that make up our shared human experience.
Artists Featured: KT Pe Benito, Maria Dumlao, Brandon Aquino Straus, Anito Gavino & Malaya Ulan (AniMalayaWorks), Omar Buenaventura & Nicky Uy (Bahay215), and Mic Diño Boekelmann
Celebrate those shared human experiences with KAPWA’s Community Day Saturday, October 21 from 12pm-4pm! Join KAPWA’s Filipino artists at Palumbo Park (723 Catharine St) for an afternoon of food, performance, and community care.
The 2023 Michelle Angela Ortiz Fellow Exhibition
Curated by Neill Catangay