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April 2, 2014

Kalayaan Kapatiran Exhibit @ the CCP


The Cultural Center of the Philippines


7 March to 13 April 2014
Bulwagang Carlos V. Francisco (Little Theater Lobby)


A photographic, poetic, individual, collective experience.
Kalayaan (...) Kapatiran*
*liberty (...) fraternity
To write the name of Liberty, give me your voice, my friend.
a project by Pierre-Emmanuel MICHEL

Learn about different cultures through visual poetry made out of languages from the Philippine islands. The words Liberty Equality Fraternity are composed using a photographic alphabet made of images of volunteers’ mouths during a French artistic event in Oloron-Sainte-Marie calledRevol’ution.

This exhibition is a tribute to our global diversities, to what unites and separates us, and to the founding values of the Universal Declaration of the Rights of Man used in the French Revolution.

Only a few regional languages (alsacian, basquian, bearnese/occitan, britain, corsican, ...) are spoken in metropolitan France. French is spoken by all, and began during the francization in 1539. In the Philippine archipelago, despite having Filipino as the national language, there are over 150 languages and dialects, some indigenous, that are still spoken. Among them are 8 major dialects - Tagalog, Cebuano, Ilokano, Bikolano, Hiligaynon, Waray, Kapampangan, and Pangasinense.

Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité

The Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen, used in 1789 French Revolution, also influenced and inspired fundamental values of democracies throughout the world. It states:
“Liberty consists of being able to do anything that does not harm others: thus, the exercise of the natural rights of every man or woman has no bounds other than those that guarantee other members of society the enjoyment of these same rights. (...) ”
The law “must be the same for all, whether it protects or punishes (...) and without other distinction than that of their virtues and talents.(...)
Do not do to others what you would not want them do to you, do constantly to others the good you would like to receive.”

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