Solenn Heussaff is now finally ready to show her latest works in her third solo exhibit starting March 26 until April 24 in Makati city. The celebrity artist posted an open invite on her Instagram account last March 3.
She wrote, “Happy to share that after almost 3 years in the making, I will be having my 3d solo exhibit at @modeka.art . Mixing massive Acrylic paintings and my new found love for rug designing.
“Entitled KUNDIMAN, this exhibit expresses my love, appreciation and hope for our country and our people. Hope you guys can make time and pass by. Safety protocols to follow.”
The invitation post was accompanied with a photo of the Fil-French beauty sitting on a chair in front of one of her nature-inspired artworks along with a rug that she also designed in collaboration with a local studio. What the 35-year-old actress probably did not anticipate was receiving backlash from netizens who accused her of using poverty porn because of her choice of backdrop which was in a slum area.
People are accusing Solenn of promoting poverty porn to sell her art. But looking back at Solenn’s first two exhibits titled My People and Kalsada, she has always been very vocal about using everyday people she meets in the Philippines as her favorite subjects to paint. In an 2018 interview, she was quoted as saying, “We really wanted this exhibit to be inspired by the Philippines and all the Filipinos around us.”
Solenn responded to some of the comments, asking her followers not to judge her so quickly without seeing her entire exhibit first. “This is not poverty porn. If you read my caption and get to see the whole show you will understand and not be so quick to judge,” and “It’s all about not turning a blind eye to what goes on around us. Bringing people’s story to light.”
On Instagram, the Fil-French actress revealed where she gets inspiration from her larger than life trademark paintings. She wrote, "People ask me where I get my inspo from. From real people. That's the only thing that matters. All my paintings are based on photos I take while at work." Solenn's latest artwork took her 205 hours to finish.