/ 22 November 2021

A PHOTOGRAPHER-educator collaborated with his students to come up with a collection of photographs that serves as a satirical reply to the government’s “red-tagging.”

Included in De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde’s ongoing online art exhibition, Jay Javier’s “Red Tagged!” is “an absurdist retort to an absurdist reality epitomized by the current administration.” It is part of the exhibit “To Differ Digitally 2: Love and Dissent in the Time of Pandemic.”

Javier’s collection of photographs delves into the labeling of individuals or groups as communists “by having real red tags attached to the objects in the photographs.”

Javier, who has been with Benilde since 2010, is one of the faculty members from the New Media Cluster who heeded the call for project proposals of the Center for Campus Art under its director, Architect Gerry Torres and NMC, which is headed by Associate Dean Maria Sharon Mapa Arriola.

A professional photographer for 35 years and an educator for 30 years, Javier curated the set from photos submitted to his photography classes last academic year.

Christian Babista, a fellow photographer and an award-winning experimental filmmaker himself, edited the photo slideshow.

TDD2, a show co-curated by Karen Ocampo-Flores, looks at the digital landscape as a platform to communicate constructive protest based on love and empathy. Aside from photographs, it also features live action films, animation, 2D and 3D models and rigs, texts, audio, applications, software, graphic design, and illustrations. The works are available at CCA’s new website (

For more information about the exhibit and other projects, visit CCA’s social media accounts on Facebook (, Twitter (, Instagram ( and YouTube channel ( View the work here: