Revisiting her roots in Iligan City, artist and film-maker Kiri Dalena brings to Manila an installation work using video documentation of the devastated landscape and found logs, washed out in the aftermath of the storm. Dalena’s previous works in video art and in installation have continually explored the intersections of social reality, memory and trauma, re-examining events such as the Maguindanao massacre and the continuous spate of extrajudicial killings of activists. Now revisiting this site of ecological devastation and death, Dalena memorializes the images of fallen logs, which are casualties of elite avarice but are, in a sense, also survivors of the storm. Repositioning physical and visual evidence of the tragedy within the gallery space, she creates haunting commentaries through salvaging these fragments of memory.
The exhibit is curated by Clarissa Chikiamco and supported by Canon Philippines. An artist’s talk open to the public will be held at the gallery on June 16 (Saturday), 5:30 p.m.
Artworks from the Show
Washed Out, Kiri Dalena, 2012, Videos and logs, installation work