We would like to address the issue of the deleted comments and blocked followers — it was admittedly a hasty move on our part and we sincerely apologize. Although we have unblocked everyone again, the deed has been done and we are unable to bring those comments back. As our Instagram account is curated by several team members, it was an impulsive action we fully regret. We would like to remind everyone that we are humans behind this Instagram account and we make mistakes. In the height of feeling backed into a corner, our haste and anger inevitably displayed our humanity not at its best. The messages and comments were very stressful for our small team and our families (who were also inevitably affected). That said, we take full responsibility for the mistake of blocking (and the automatic deletion that happens with that).
Our business has always been centred on celebrating all the different indigenous cultures and crafts and the melting pot of other influences from our archipelago as well as building unity and community among the Filipinx diaspora. We are so very sorry for inadvertently silencing Indigenous and non-indigenous people alike. The silencing is definitely not the intention, but rather an act of self-preservation, however done in a reactive way. We have learned many things about ourselves in this time. We want to thank all of the people who have contributed to this sometimes messy conversation and have led us to the water of this learning. We also want to thank you all for your patience and compassion.Amidst all of this, we consulted with Robin Lacambra and she gifted us her Sharing Privilege course. We are so fortunate to have been able to access this course and Robin’s guiding support. She has reminded us that what we want ultimately is to cultivate a culture of compassion. In the meantime, we hope that our supporters and our critics understand that this is a process and a journey. We will continue to listen and learn with humility and be present in our gratitude and compassion moving forward.
~ Caroline Mangosing & the VINTA Gallery Team