A former OFW based in Dubai is currently seeking assistance from the public to help him find his missing works of art.
Darwin ‘Japat’ Guevarra, an artist currently based in Pila, Laguna in the Philippines, worked in Dubai from 2004 to 2015. He created the artworks for his first solo show in Dubai in May 2009. “Tashkeel Gallery offered me to do a solo show after makita nila akong nanalo ng iba’t ibang art competitions. Nakasubaybay na pala sila sa akin. I created the art pieces using scrap and molded pieces of existing materials,” shares Guevarra.
The missing art pieces in question was themed ‘Time of Humanity’ which Guevarra shares is centred around the plight of OFWs around the world. “Time of Humanity is all about persons na gaya nating mga OFW na sa kabila ng ibang oras dyan at san man ang origin natin ay kailangan lagi tayong buhay at sinisikap natin na walang pagod na hahadalang sa kahit anong bigat ng dala natin,” said Guevarra.
Last known whereabouts
Unfortunately, as years passed by Guevarra struggled to make ends meet due to several unforeseen circumstances about his landlord and accommodation, visa issues as well as family problems back in the Philippines: “Na-detain ako for 12 days gawa ng overstay ko at nagkaroon lang ng 2 days para makapag impake after ko makalabas. Kaya naman naiwan ko ang mga artworks ko nung umalis na ko ng bansa noong 2015.”
Guevarra said that the last known location of his artworks was in Al Jafiliya in Satwa after a few of his friends offered to keep them. But another string of unfortunate events forced his friends to leave behind the artworks from their previous accommodation. “Nagkaproblema din sila at nabaladiya daw. Nung babalikan nila ang artworks ay ayaw ibigay daw ng manager ng villa. Ako naman ay hindi na nakabalik (sa UAE). I tried to ask ng help sa mga kakilala ko pero hind na nila ma-contact ang villa manager,” said Guevarra.
He never gave up on his search for his artworks as he hopes to see them put to good use. The artist appeals for Filipinos here in the UAE to help him locate the art pieces and even offered for all proceeds to assist OFWs in need. “Baka nakita niyo na po ito o pamilyar na po sa inyo ang hitsura ay sana po ipagbigay alam niyo po sa akin. Baka maaari ay magawan pa ng isang show at sakaling may makagusto na bilhin, ang pera ay para na sa mga kapwa nating Pinoy na nangangailangan ng tulong o kaya sa mga charitable foundation na malaki maitutulong,” shares Guevarra.