Exegesis refers to the method of interpreting texts in order to extract its essential
message or information. Using this allegory, noted visual artist Jeho Bitancor similarly
seeks to unveil, through the use of forceful imagery, truths of our lives that are
nonetheless hidden from us. The "text" the artist investigates is ideology, so
finely interwoven within contemporary life that we cannot detect its presence, unless
denounced. this is the kind of denouncement that Bitancor has consistently practiced
since his early days as activist.
The extraction of truth, becomes for Bitancor an Aletheia, Greek work for
truth-as-unveiling, thus, a kind of iconoclasm, a stripping away of pretensions - to -
power and unmasking of the objectionable marginalizing of peoples.
Bitancor confronts, although subtly, the silent pain of the silent majority, as they are
consumed by the capitalist ideology and wasted by politics of greed and cultures of the
Ubermensch. He reveals the constraints falsely seen as niches of comfort in Kanlungan;
even as he visualizes the unmitigated divide between ideologies of progressive and
oppresive by burning idea - ladders between them - an anathema to armchair (or bath tub)
The artist leads us to question the saccharine promise of free market rule. Inviting us to
think if we are not flies, greedy for honey are inevitable trapped in its viscosity.
Bitancor studied art at the UP. He has exhibited both here and abroad.
by: Riel Jaramillo Hilario
Jeho Bitancor: New Works
Big & Small Art Co.
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A one-man exhibit by
August 15-20, 2004
Museo De Baler