Artist: Alma Quinto
C.P. Garcia Homes is a rough parody of a gated community. Proceeding from what Quinto initially called her New Build Zone (NBZ) Project, the room-size work is a collaborative project with the CP Garcia community, access to which is literally a few steps away from the stud farm stables. In aiming to establish physical and psychological connections between these two adjacent but set off sites, Quinto, along with participating residents recreates community maps drawn by residents during a workshop done in and about their own neighborhood.
Using dried banana leaves which are light and readily available (like materials used to build their precarious houses), the project counts on that which is abundant in the site and on collaboratively building a home space that might bridge these residents’ need for tactical invisibility for their own survival, along with their right to represent and assert themselves and participate in this creative process. C.P. Garcia Homes is also a child-friendly space where children can play, create and paste their works on the wall as they learn art by doing. A number of children call it the cuadra ("papasok ako sa cuadra") which they find more fun and exciting than the public school they go to.
C.P. Garcia Homes: Build at Your Own Risk. Photos by Abby Lagarico