In the world created by Carlo Gabuco, a couple sleeps beneath grey fields. Faces are blurred and blank. A girl looks into the distance glassy-eyed. A man in a suit stands alone in an empty field. It is a story of a country whose people have been forced to leave families for money, of death counts that rise and the disappeared who are forgotten until the next pair of girls are stolen and raped with wooden sticks. It is a bad world, a sad world, and at the stillest point of this turning world is the painter who hopes to show not the sad or the bad, but the grim reality of acceptance.
Because the world did not howl when 400 drowned in a city of floating water lilies, a family of 9 was buried underground on the day the sky fell. Because the world forgot their outrage at the image of a backhoe scraping a hillside beside the bodies of 58, warlords continue to arm the same sort of men who will kill for the price of a pair of rubber slippers.
The exhibit is not a lecture. It is, instead, an attempt to remember by a man who hopes he will not forget. Gabuco is the painter who stands at the center of a rally fenced by elbows and red banners. He is there when the butcher grins before clicking shutters, he is there to document the drowning dead. Every painting is personal, they are not documentary as much as they are memories of loss and distance and the loneliness. He has seen, and continues to see, and by seeing believes he is as responsible as the others who have chosen not to see. His gift is imagination, the willingness to feel the guilt of living in a world slowly going to hell.
This is what happens when the world fails to end. The dead become nameless. The lost remain lost. The exodus continues, father and mother and cousin and the girl who used to live next door. Because the world failed to end, those who live will continue to live sleeping, until their own worlds end while the rest continue to live. – Rappler.com
Because the world failed to end is showing at the Finale Art File, Warehouse 17, La Fuerza Compund, Gate 1 2241 Pasong Tamo, Makati City until January 28, 2013. Telephone numbers (632) 8132310, 8125034. Fax (632) 8104071.