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A group exhibition featuring the works of Paulo Amparo, Vincent Roleda, Rups Kiddo, Marilou Solano, and Andrew Tan.

Smaller and Smaller Spaces

In recent months, the world has undoubtedly become a much smaller place, not so much in distance, but in the spaces we have come to occupy. Physically, our surroundings feel much more spread out, far apart from one another, the once familiar places we used to frequent suddenly inaccessible and, to an extent, foreign. How long has it been since things were “normal”? In some strange fashion, even the word “normal” has become something of an ideal—too far to reach, and too distant even to remember. And yet out of this oddity arises the inescapable reality that as distances continue to widen in breadth, the internal spaces we have learned to occupy mentally have shrunk in scale, almost to the point where its very essence is rooted in a strong sense of internal isolation—lonely, quiet, and to others, altogether maddening—the very antithesis to our inherent social nature.

Little World examines these inner spaces our new situation has forced us into. It delves into the visceral realities of living in a world where mobility, once free and easy to grasp, is no longer within our reach. Artists Paulo Amparo, Vincent Roleda, Rups Kiddo, Marilou Solano, and Andrew Tan dive even deeper, into the very recesses of the mind as it imagines and reimagines reality within the context of this so-called “new normal.” More than just offering solutions, it’s also an exercise in character, as the artists use their creativity to grapple with their own fears and uncertainties. The works created are essentially products of the period in which they were made, a world of colours and details which, while displayed from the white walls of the gallery space, manage to transport the viewer and reimagine reality within the limits of what is allowed in our given setting. It is immersive and inviting, and offers a respite in these trying times.

But the exhibition goes beyond this—it also touches on the notion of choice. In each of the works, the artists take liberty in depicting how our collective responses to any given reality, whether they be limiting or not, still centers on our own individual choices. We learn to make do with what we have, and this ultimately impacts not only our own internal struggles, but also that of the people around us. The exhibition invites us to remember and reminisce, to strengthen and reestablish familiar bonds that have weakened over time. By doing so we are able to create a refuge in our minds, one that is infinitely more colourful and hopeful than the bleak world of today. It is within these spaces that we find respite, and where we are able to welcome others to partake in its warm shelter.

Words by Elle Lucena

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