By now, we’ve all grown accustomed to living the ‘new normal’ brought about by the spread of COIVD-19 in the Philippines.  

And this is exactly what artists in Bulacan wanted to showcase when they put up a new art exhibit at SM Marilao, which debuted on July 30.

The ‘My City, My SM, My Art’ exhibit featured a mix of art mediums – photos and paintings – by local artists, which included works from Jeremy Sandel, Charlotte Jennifer Calogne, and Amen Alcoriza, who are members of the Bulacan Focus photography group. 

The pictures depicted how the pandemic transformed life in the country, highlighting objects and scenarios that’s become common since the virus took root around the world—face masks, personalized protective equipment, closed restaurants, and children answering their modules. 

“As photographers, we have ideas about the New Normal, but we were limited by the pandemic and not being able to go out and shoot, but we took that as a challenge to still get creative and do what we could. Once community quarantine restrictions were eased, we made it a point to capture and document the changes that we’ve all been through since the COVID-19 pandemic struck,” Sandel told the Inquirer.

The exhibit also features works by artists Jose Moya, Angelito Antonio, Roan Capule, Ebony Paguia-Hermogenes, Rommel Sampana, and Francis Eugene Andrade. 

The exhibit will run from July 30 to August 3 in SM Marilao and will move to other SM Malls in the province afterward.

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Image credit: SM City Marilao