Kuwento Engkuwentro: Angeleno Folklore, Legends & Sidewalk Stories
May 14 - May 31, 2015
Pico House, El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument
Tuesdays through Sundays: 10am to 4pm
SAVE THE DATE: May 31st, 4pm to 8pm Closing Ceremony
In celebration of the Los Angeles Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, FilAm ARTS and El Pueblo Historical Monument invite visual artists to participate in an exhibit that explores the folklore of the multicultural people who have come from all over to make Los Angeles their home.
- the traditional beliefs, customs, and stories of a community, passed through the generations by word of mouth.
- A body of popular myth and beliefs relating to a particular place, activity, or group of people.
When we hear ‘folklore’ we think about hushed stories told around a fire - legends, tall tales, fables, and other seemingly unbelievable stories. But folklore is also traditional art, literature, knowledge, and practice. Every group with a sense of its own identity shares folk traditions –the things that members of the group traditionally believe (‘how the world began,’ family traditions), do (dance, play music), know (how to cook, how to build homes), make (weave, art, craft), or tell (stories, riddles, and legends).
There are stories not published in books, truths not taught in school, faith not found in a church. Stories passed down through generations that shaped the way we understood the world, defined our role in it, and were the beliefs we held most dear for as long as we know. Some of them are legendary, extending far and wide, past villages, past cities and over oceans. Always generational, passed down from ancestors to grandparents then to parents to children and grandchildren.
It is these little rituals in our everyday life that maintain the structure in society and in our lives. Without the stories and the lore, the people have no distinct and shared identity.
Faustino Caigoy, Mark Canto, Charles Funk, Diyan, Nicanor Evans, Krystal Herrera, Diane Canizares, Rey Zipagan, Budz Floriano, Beth Parocha, Freyen Santiago, Jesus Silva, Audrey Chan, Chenhung Chen, Naomi Valdivia, Eliseo Eliseo Art A. Silva, Johnny Otillano, Victoria Tao, Diane Valencia, Yoshie Sakai, Alfie Numeric, Bodeck Hernandez, Carminnie Doromal