Sa Balota! – S.E.A. Focus

Sa Balota!

Art Porters Gallery
64 Spottiswoode Park Road
Singapore 088652


‘Sa Balota!’ delves into Philippines politics, particularly the 2022 elections where politicians typically use tarpaulin posters (a ubiquitous material in Filipino life) with idealised portraits to appeal to voters. Ardeña subverts this by covering these figures with elastomeric paint, using Instagram-sourced orchid motifs, revealing fragments of the original portraits through the cracks. Ardeña’s experimental art seeks an ideological framework, reimagining the potential of paintings through the use of tarpaulins and elastomeric paint. The works provide a non-Western perspective, countering the traditional power and portraiture genre, challenging Western norms and offering a non-moralistic take on politicised narratives within this distinctive category.