Omehen: The Garden as Chronicle and Strategy of Resistance

Posted on February 24, 2021

Based in Metro Manila, Philippines
Omehen: The Garden as Chronicle and Strategy of Resistance
Audio testimonies and stories from the garden; original drawings and paintings from the Lumad
Bakwit Schools; photos by Alfred Marasigan and Karl Castro
Organized in collaboration with the Lumad Bakwit Schools, Alfred Marsigan, Karl Castro, and Ateneo
de Manila University

About Omehen:
“The project Omehen (which means “harvest” in Manobo Talaingod, the Indigenous language of the Mindanao region in the south of the Philippines) was conceived by Alfred Marasigan, Karl Castro, and Guelan Luarca in collaboration with the Lumad Indigenous community in exile in Manila. Following the bombing of Lumad schools during the ongoing armed conflict in Mindanao, the Lumad people found refuge in various academic institutions in Manila, including the Ateneo de Manila University, where the artists teach.

Harvesting is an integral part of the cosmological practice of the Lumad communities, and therefore fundamental to their systems of education and knowledge sharing. Thus, the artists worked together with members of the Lumad community and students of the University to create a space of harvest within the academic institution and to facilitate the continuation of this practice and the mutual sharing of knowledges. Over the course of a year, the artists, students, and Lumad communities engaged in artistic and agricultural practice together. In response to the ideas of Notes for Tomorrow, the project Omehen was invited to present this ongoing work, which operates at the intersection of Indigenous knowledges, food security, forms of precarity and labor, and addresses questions that are central to thinking about the worlds to come.”
Abhijan Toto (based in Bangkok, Thailand)

The following are audio testimonies and transcripts from the garden:

Click here for A Short Introduction to Omehen (2019-Present)

For the English transcript, click here.

For the English transcript, click here.

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Omehen is one of the artistic projects included in Notes for Tomorrow, a traveling exhibition organized and produced by Independent Curators International. The exhibition was made possible with the generous support of the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, VIA Art Fund, and ICI’s Board of Trustees and International Forum.




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