About the artwork:
From the Tagalog term hilbanahan meaning temporary stitching or basking. A coined term used for the artist’s advocacy street art hunt project around the Cordilleras symbolizes the action being made alongside the individuals of different ethnicities.
The focal point of this illustration ideates an indigenous woman who partakes in the artist’s street story voyage. Giul Sanchez, whose bloodline came from the intricate drops of Gaddang, Ifugao, and Cebuano ethnolinguistic groups. A catalyst of cultural integrity whom will help in unfolding the truth behind the diachronic culture change in today’s setup.
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Print Material: 300gsm woven art canvas with a glossy, stain-resistant protective coating.
Print Ink: 100% biodegradable eco-solvent ink; ecologically safe and does not use any harmful ingredients.
Print Finish: Semi-glossy, stain-resistant protective coating.
Frame: The canvas is stretched on a 1.25" thick, full-wooden frame, giving it a gallery-like look.
About Vena Martinez:
Venazir Martinez, a street artist and muralist. She is a cum laude graduate awarded best thesis production with the degree of Bachelor of Fine Arts in the University of the Philippines Baguio. A member of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, a creative for Kuretake Zig, a Wanderartist, and a visual anthropologist. She has been commissioned and made huge connections to major companies, private institutions and primary government agencies in the Philippines. She was also featured in numerous notable media outlets across the country including ABS CBN TV Patrol, I-witness, GMA news, Philippine Star, Inquirer, and the likes.
Her famous series of street art is seen in Baguio City entitled Hila-bana, temporary stitching, which is a term used as the unifying concept of her works portraying the figures of the collective identities of the Cordilleras. She has been visually reformulating and developing this creative anthropological voyage in tune with the National Commission for Culture and the Arts. She believes street art to be one of the purest forms of artistic expression and an effective supplementary tool for learning that exists in today’s setup given its democratic value where everyone has the capacity to access it.