Typhoon Ulysses may have been long gone but its aftermath can still be felt. Thousands of Filipinos all over the nation have been left devastated and they are still in terrible need of help to get back on their feet. In the wake of this catastrophic event, many citizens have taken it into their own hands to send out aid to the victims of the typhoon. Some have opted to give monetary and in-kind donations while others have supported organizations and businesses who catered to this cause. However, if you’re an art lover and you’re looking for creative ways to lend a helping hand, then you should definitely ready yourself next week.
Starting November 28, freelance artist Ehrran Montoya will be holding a solo exhibition entitled, Remediare: After The Media, where you get the chance to purchase his beautiful artworks for a good cause. The inspiration comes from "juxstaposing the classic story of the Christ's nativity scene against the unfortunate current events headlines," Ehrran tells Preview in an interview. He adds that choosing this context "as the background [of his fashion illustrations], it gives the disheartening news texts a contrasting and hopeful tone of Christ’s birth."
Their main beneficiary would be the poor families from Barangay San Guillermo and Barangay Maybancal in Morong Rizal. But given the turn of the events, they have also partnered up with the Morong Volunteers Emergency Response Team (MVERT), where a portion of the proceeds will be donated to them to organize the distribution of relief goods to the families affected by the typhoon.
"Museong Pambayan ng Morong tapped me to run a solo art exhibition two months ago in partnership with Morong Volunteers Emergency Response Team to help us for the distribution of reliefs," he said. "It was my idea to give portions of the sales to the less fortunate families."
As a 25 year old freelance fashion illustrator who graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Fine Arts major in Advertising, Ehrran's artworks are centred on fashion inspired pieces with a trademark newspaper art style. "I’ve always admired the NYC vintage black and white photography aesthetic; it gives such a modern-chic vibe and as for me, I want this fascination to be injected into my artwork, and the perfect way to showcase this style is through the use of newspaper as the canvas."
For those interested in purchasing these unique illustrations, you’ll be happy to know that the exhibit will run for one whole month in an actual exhibition. And at the same time, it will have a virtual gallery for art enthusiasts who are limiting their travel due to the pandemic. Now if you see something that you particularly fancy, you can always inform Ehrran, his curator, Ayra Sayat, or you can directly message the Museum's main Facebook page. From there, they will process the shipping of the artworks right after the exhibition timeline together with a receipt, catalogue, and certificate of authenticity. Isn’t this exciting?
At the end of the day, we must all come together as one to lift each other up and help our fellow citizens in need. As Ehrran says, "As a Filipino, there's nothing more satisfying than helping those people who are in need because I believe that our greatest gift is the ability to share our blessings; it's what makes life meaningful, no one has ever become poor by giving." Hear, hear!