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Sacrificial Bodies: The Oblation and Political Aesthetics of Masculine Representations in Philippine Visual Cultures
394pp. January 2012
Sacrificial Bodies: The Oblation and Political Aesthetics of Masculine Representations in Philippine Visual Cultures
Author: Ruben Ramas, Cañete;
Sacrificial Bodies is a comprehensive study on how the act of heroic sacrifice against foreign aggression has been transformed into a means of liberating generations of Filipinos from all forms of oppression, through the iconic pose and location of Guillermo Tolentino's sculpture, the Oblation, within the University of the Philippines (UP) campus. The book chronicles the ideas, philosophies, and genealogy of this statue from the turn of the century to the present, combining approaches in anthropology, art history, political science, and literary theory in fleshing out the various meanings and implications of this pose. Irrevocably tied to the student body and faculty of UP, the Oblation's sacrificial symbolism was also meant to cover a national audience, and teach us how to redeem ourselves by undertaking the same process of suffering, death, and resurrection that its primary model, the Passion of Christ, imprinted upon the cultural memory of colonial-era Filipinos. By tracing this idea through the various icons and images of the Oblation, the book also reveals how ambivalent and context-specific this assertion has been ingrained, imagined, and re-experienced by generations of practitioners in Philippine visual culture.

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Author: Ruben Ramas, Cañete;
Reuben Ramas Cañete, PhD (b. 1966) is currently an associate professor at the Department of Art Studies, College of Arts and Letters, University of the Philippines (UP) Diliman, Quezon City. He obtained his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, Major in Painting, at the University of Santo Tomas (1988); his MA degree in Art History at UP Diliman (2002); and his PhD in Philippine Studies also at UP Diliman (2008). An artist, writer, educator, and independent curator, he has written for both academic publications as well as mainstream publications on the subject of Philippine art and culture.