Open Fire: The Debut (opening night)

by alex

These are some images from opening night for Open Fire: The Debut (@ Rolly’s Garage), an art exhibition by the wonderful ladies of the Clutch program.  I arrived early so some of these earlier photos are of them setting up for the opening.

The exhibition runs from Sat. Feb 14 to Fri Feb 20 at Rolly’s Garage, 124 Ossington Ave.  Gallery hours: 2PM-7PM.

I changed my mind a few times about how to edit these images.  So you’ll notice some different processing styles.  I hope you don’t mind…

Kapisanan Philippine Centre for Arts & Culture presents…

OPEN FIRE : The Debut

Live installations. New Media. Design. Music. Photography. Interactive. Performance. Art.

With works produced by CLUTCH:

Jempee Culannay, Ilona Fiddy, Bea Palanca, Krystel Pasignasigna, Maricar Ranada, Alyssa Ramos, Kristen Sison

+ Jennifer Maramba and Tiffany Naval

CLUTCH is KPC’s pilot program and is community partners with Rolly’s Garage.

For more details:


CLUTCH is a free six-month arts-based program for young Filipina women to start a dialogue with each other, get mentorship from professional artists within the community, have access to professional tools to hone their creativity, define their identity, explore their cultural heritage, and tell their stories on their terms. CLUTCH aims to provide hands-on artistic and leadership development, through the exploration of cultural identity as the foundation for empowerment.




Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to stay long on opening night so the documentation for the evening isn’t complete in this set.  If you have photos from the night you’d like to share please send low res images to me and I’ll post the best on this site!



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all photos by yours truly  /  ©2009 alex felipe

for more visit

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~ by alexfelipe on February 18, 2009.

2 Responses to “Open Fire: The Debut (opening night)”

  1. Thought I would post my speech for the event….


    Good evening and welcome to the Debut of Kapisanan Philippine Centre’s
    Clutch Program!

    In many ways this is also a bit of a debut for Kapisanan since this is
    our first fully funded program.

    Our vision for Clutch, and really our vision for Kapisanan as a whole,
    is to equip young Filipinos, immigrant and 2nd, even 3rd generation
    Filipino-Canadians alike to be able to stake their claim in Toronto,
    and even Canada’s ultra diverse cultural landscape.

    Our vision is for young Filipino-Canadians to have the space to
    explore our rich culture and heritage, our history, and even our
    idiosyncrasies, and be able to weave it into their own narratives, on
    their terms; to be able to use that knowledge of self to paint their
    own picture of Filipino cultural identity, use this as a foundation
    for empowerment and assert themselves within this living breathing
    cultural mosaic that is Toronto.

    Through this amazing show of work, these young Filipinas in Clutch
    have carved out their own space to initiate dialogue with all of you.
    Parents, family, friends, the Filipino and the broader communities.
    This is their chance to share their expression of their femininity,
    their Filipina-ness, and ultimately their individuality, and at the
    same time it is their chance to build community, to build with you
    all. This is your time to engage in that dialogue with them too, so
    please when you get the chance, talk to the artists, and build with

    Part of our vision for the young artists of Clutch is also to ensure
    that they understand the importance of asserting the value of the work
    they have put in. So you will see things for sale. Because being
    enterprising and making money can and should be synonymous with being
    creative, producing culture, and making art.

    The participants were also encouraged and guided to plan, organize,
    and put up the show you see tonight. So event planning, marketing,
    promotions, the whole business of putting this together, it was all
    them on top of the actual art work they produced! Congratulations
    ladies! Everyone brought their A game, what you have all accomplished
    is really above and beyond anything I could have dreamt up when I
    wrote the grant!

    It’s like what Malcolm Gladwell says: autonomy, complexity, and a
    clear connection between effort and reward are three qualities that
    work has to have if that work is to be meaningful.

    We can only hope that the Clutch experience has resonated those
    sentiments into the lives and dreams of these young women.

    Thank you to everyone, the community, who have pitched in to make this
    program a success. I want to shout out the fledgeling man purse or
    murse program at Kapisanan. The young male members at Kapisanan who
    have stood on the sidelines and watched the Clutch ladies do their
    thing for the last 6 months, have been so inspired that they want
    their own, hence murse. So ok boys, let’s see you all bring it!

    Passing it on to the coordinator of the CLutch program, Tiffany naval,
    to share with you her journey into helping create this program.

    Enjoy the show. Thank you for coming.

  2. […] lucky enough to catch opening night, but there’s also a nice round up of the event over on KPC’s blog. Great job, ladies. Can’t wait to see round two […]

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