Maria Patricia Abuel: Handa

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Y+ contemporary says
Maria Patricia Abuel
July 21-22, 2016


handa •
n. preparation, particularly prepared food; handaan – party with prepared food
v. to get ready or to prepare something; humanda, ihanda

At HANDA, the artist prepares a space to be reminiscent of a typical Filipino celebration, complete with an abundance of music,food,and company.Through contrasting the light-hearted setting of a party with the theme of Filipina-Canadian struggles in her artwork, Abuel challenges traditional frameworks within cultures and artistic practices with irony. Abuel is handa (v.) to question issues of hybrid identity, femininity, and conservative expectations by serving her own handa (n.) to others in the form of performance art, unique commentary and mediums.


Thursday, July 21 at 7pm
Abuel will perform two durational pieces, "Bulaklak" and "Pasalubong". Guests are invited to participate.

Friday, July 22 at 7pm
Karaoke party night featuring "Kailan" and "Miss Tiza", a Filipina beauty queen procession during a musical performance by Sean Kua. Guests are invited to eat Filipino food and sing karaoke.


Maria Patricia Abuel was selected as the recipient of the Y+ Award as part of the University of Toronto Scarborough’s 2016 Annual Juried Show. The award provides an exceptional senior student with an exhibition opportunity at Y+ contemporary.

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By: Y+ contemporary