On Facebook, Erka Inciong is often snapped hugging friends and carrying a wide smile, but the young artist knows all too well the feelings of loneliness and shame that hound LGBTQI+ persons.
A professional graphic artist for a business daily by day, Erka eases into the shoes of an illustrator at night during which she creates powerful images of despair, visualizing the struggles that the LGBTQI+ community and she herself have felt growing up.
Erka's work has been on display in "L O S S," an art exhibit celebrating the opening of Warrior Poet Art Cafe and she was also a featured artist in the Metro Manila Pride Queer Arts Festival held earlier this year.
This Saturday, Erka also joins Pride Night 2016 and below she explains the comforting emotions she tries to imbue in her work:
Could you describe your art?
It's an extension of myself.
What is the role of your art in empowering LGBT?
To make them feel that they are not alone.
What can people expect from you when they attend Pride Night?
That I am not ashamed to be myself.
Catch Erka Inciong's works on June 11 at Pineapple Lab, Makati City. Register now at go.loveyourself.ph/pridenight for free tickets to Pride Night 2016.