Nikki Luna is putting the spotlight on Filipino art, becoming the first Pinay artist to hold an exhibit at the renowned Casa Vicens in Barcelona, Spain. 

Feminist artist-activist Luna will have her conceptual works, specifically her collection ‘Guerra,’ displayed at the historic venue, which was designed by famed architect Antoni Gaudí. 

The ‘Guerra’ collection – created exclusively for the Barcelona-based showcase – draws inspiration from Luna’s roots in Rosario, Batangas. It tackles the journey that she and her eight foremothers undertook to build a life in different parts of the world. 

But as a whole, this collection reflects the role of marginalized women in today’s world – both young and old. 

“For Nikki, the word ‘Guerra’ represents that value, that women’s struggle. This word, her mother’s and aunts’ maiden name, translates into “war” in English and is a word that contains an untold matriarchal story,” Casa Vicens said, describing Luna’s work. 

In an interview with Rappler, Luna said she wanted to convey the ‘blood and sweat’ of her subjects in her works to give depth and better tell their stories. 

“I aimed to show their labor, it is hard to visualize their ‘blood and sweat’ as they often would say this. I wanted to document the release of their moisture from physical exertion, distress, anxiety, hard work, strenuous effort without invading their routine or space. I tried capturing the many years of unseen scent, pain, fluids from labor,” she explained. 

See some of the works featured in the exhibit below. 

Photo from Nikki Luna’s Official Facebook Page

Photo from Nikki Luna’s Official Facebook Page

Photo from Nikki Luna’s Official Facebook Page

Photo from Nikki Luna’s Official Facebook Page

Luna’s exhibit started in January 2022. It will run until June 26. 

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Image credit: Nikki Luna’s Official Facebook Page