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bantayan island

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Bantayan Island has always been a place of nomadic sea people who travelled among different islands. People lived on, with and from the land and ocean.

“Why would you go to school? If you go to school, you have to look for a job, for money. There is so much money. Look, if you go fishing at 04:00 am and come back at 08:00am, you will have earned plenty of money’. My mother wanted me to go to school. Because the fish will disappear. Look, the fish have disappeared right?”

 

- Lupo Atienza, our father and seafarer from Bantayan Island

Its transformation from a traditional fishing community to a modern, cash-based economy, is evident in the changes that have taken place in the past few decades; a growing diaspora, expansion of infrastructure, introduction of technology, changing family structures and culture, the dilapidation of marine life and a deteriorating relationship with the environment.

                          mining

                             pollution

                             malnutrition

                           food shortage

                         drinking water

                   oceanic degradation

          over-fishing

          commodification

charcoal production

remittances

        income gap

    land ownership

                  housing

                     cash

              employment

              miseducation

               industrialization

                               education

                          privatization

                      intervention

                         

community dislocation

       scientific knowledge

           empowerment

               over-fishing

                  ownership

                 access to healthcare

                   local knowledge

                  westernization

            paralysis

        poverty

economic

environmental

social

Since 2010, art has been our way to document life on Bantayan Island. While this process has been motivated by a need to understand the place we are from, it is also been our way to respond to social, economic and environmental issues.

projects supported by

national commission for culture and arts (ncca)

bantayan island exchanges

small projects

dienst kunst en cultuur (dkc)

Transnational Institute for Grassroots Research and Action