The art exhibit at the Philippine Embassy was opened not only to Filipinos and Swedes but also to other nationalities, in collaboration with the Filipino Artist Association of Sweden or FAAS.
“We showcase Filipino artist in Stockholm, Sweden, here in this conference hall para makita ng taong bayan ang kagandahan ng ating talento, imagine it’s a so far country pero nanduduon ang espiritu ng ating mga kababayan, ‘yong painting art that we have today,” said Consul General Raul Dadong Philippine Embassy in Sweden.
Eklund’s paintings show his life in the Philippines, customs, and landscapes of our motherland.
“It’s my way of telling my story, my way of telling people where I came from, I’m proud of the land where I came from, which is the Philippines, and while I’m telling my story, I also wanted to promote the Philippine culture here, where I live now, which is in Europe,” says Emilia Eklund, an entrepreneur, and artist in Sweden.
Works by Filipino artists in Sweden featured at Philippine Embassy in Stockholm
Apart from the paintings, the exhibit also showcased the creative hand of our Filipino artist in sculpture and pottery.
FAAS provides Internal Workshops for painting, sculpture, and other skills for Filipinos. These exhibits by the embassy are a great help to recognize the talent of Filipino art students better.
“I think by showing our dedication and our love for our craft, others will be inspired,” said Aya Sunga Askert, FAAS President and Co-founder.
“On behalf of the Filipino Artist Association of Sweden, nagpapasalamat kami sa Embahada ng Pilipinas sa pagtulong sa amin para mai-showcase namin ang aming artworks na ipakita sa mga Pilipino at ibang lahi na bumisita dito sa embahada. Ito’y isang malaking hakbang para makilala kami,” said Helen Svendgaard, founder of FAAS.