MANILA, Philippines -- The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Monday launched an art exhibit that aims to tackle the "social masks" all humans supposedly wear.
The exhibit, titled "Screens and Decoys," will run until March 9 at the DFA main lobby. It features the work of painters JC Jacinto and Renz Baluyot.
"Mr. Baluyot's work posits that for the extroverted personality, the mask worn for the external environment can be suffocating and compromises the expression of the 'authentic self,'" the DFA said in a statement.
"On the other hand, Mr. Jacinto's work justifies the validity of the screen's or the mask's 'distancing and protecting' functions.' He depicts this through the persona of an introvert, individuals who are often mistakenly judged for their isolationist tendencies," it added.
The DFA said it decided to launch the exhibit as a way of "intensifying its cultural diplomacy initiatives."
The agency has already teamed up with the Film Development Council of the Philippines, the National Commission on Culture and Arts, the Cultural Center of the Philippines, and the Metro Bank Foundation Inc.