Filipino artists' works were recently on display in the Philippine Embassy in Sweden's conference hall. The Embassy's goal is to highlight the distinctive talents of Filipinos already living in Sweden.
In partnership with the Filipino Artist Association of Sweden or FAAS, the art display in the Philippine Embassy was open to people of all countries, not just Filipinos and Swedes.
"We showcase Filipino artist in Stockholm, Sweden, here in this conference hall para makita ng taong bayan ang kagandahan ng ating talento, imagine it's a so-far country pero nanduduon ang espiritu ng ating mga kababayan, 'yong painting art that we have today (so that the people can see the beauty of our talent, imagine it's a far country but the spirit of our countrymen is there, the painting art that we have today)", a statement by Consul General Raul Dadong Philippine Embassy in Sweden.
Eklund's paintings depict his life in the Philippines, as well as its culture and surroundings.
"It's my way of telling my story, my way of telling people where I came from, I'm proud of the land where I came from, which is the Philippines and while I'm telling my story I also wanted to promote the Philippine culture here, where I live now, which is in Europe", said Emilia Eklund, an entrepreneur and artist in Sweden.
Aside from paintings, the display also included sculpture and pottery, demonstrating our Filipino artist's creative hand.
Internal Workshops for painting, sculpture and other skills are provided by FAAS for Filipinos in Sweden. The embassy's shows are a huge assistance in recognizing the brilliance of Filipino art students.
"I think by showing our dedication and our love for our craft, others will be inspired," said Aya Sunga Askert, FAAS President and Co-founder.
"On behalf of the Filipino Artist Association of Sweden, we thank the Philippine Embassy for helping us to showcase our artworks to be displayed to Filipinos and other races who visit here at the embassy. This is a big step for meet us, ” said Helen Svendgaard, founder of FAAS.
Source: ABS - CBN News