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Alamat assemblage by Ria Unson



altered book: gouache, acrylic, turmeric, hemp paper, found objects

9-1/2" x 12" x1-1/4”

“Alamat” means “legend” in Filipino. It can also mean “myth.” American historian and author, James Gilbert postulates that collective memory is a myth by another name. I alter books as a commentary on narratives that have historically been excluded. My inspiration for Alamat is Tandang Sora, the only known woman involved in the Philippine Revolution.

Collection: Artifacts of Empire


Limos, Maria Alvaro, "Melchora Aquino: The Old Lady the Spaniards Couldn’t Break," 2019.

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