Why Solenn Heussaff loves to paint about tribal people

Solenn Heussaff's first solo art exhibit Our People is a month-long exhibit at the Pineapple Lab in R. Palma Street, Poblacion, Makati. It will run until May 8, 2016.


Solenn Heussaff has a lot of things on her plate this year.

But aside from her upcoming wedding, there's another event that got her so excited: her first art exhibit.

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Our People features 27 paintings made by Solenn.

On Instagram, her fascination for tribal women became evident on some posts that used the hashtag #SolennArt.

"Le Pardon de St-Anne" The forgivness of St Anne. At Pineapple Lab. #SolennArt #OurPeople

A photo posted by @solennheussaff on

In a sit-down interview with PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) in between a pictorial for one of her upcoming projects, Solenn said, "I love indigenous people because I feel like, even if they live such a simple life, they know so much more than us.

"And just because they have to learn how to live the day-to-day life whereas us, everything is kinda given to us."

Her still-ongoing exhibit showcases tribes from different parts of the world.

On her next solo exhibit, she hopes to narrow it down to Filipino tribes, specifically the tribal groups in Bukidnon.

She continued, "I also like them because I feel like they just appreciate the simple things, you know, more than us.

"...the way they dress, they don’t even study fashion or anything, but they don’t know that all these big designers are getting inspired from cloth, the fabric they have or the weaves they make.

"I don’t know, I just find it so amazing how these people that don’t live in the urban lifestyle, that are like in the middle of nowhere, no update, like how they were ten years ago, maybe still the same now.

"But they’re so advanced, and they're just so rich with culture and, I don’t know, for me, there’s just something about them."

On where this love for the tribes came from, Solenn said, "That’s the weird thing. I’m really obsessed with them, but it’s not like I research about them.

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"When I see them, of course, I love taking photos.

"I’m more of the capturing what I see, but I haven’t studied why they’re like this or why their behavior is like that.

"I just am fascinated."

Solenn will be at the Pineapple Lab, 6071 Palma Street, Makati, on May 3, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

See her video invite below:


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