Wednesday, June 24, 2015
AUTOBIOGRAPHY by Gian Cruz
A visual autobiography conveys an array of masquerades. The inaccessible becomes accessible and vice versa. The photographer dissipates into the currency of images and this pre-supposed self is often just felt through fragments or mere traces of himself.
Through autobiography, Cruz presents an examination of the self in the present meddling between reality and imagined fictions. This brings together his works for the last three years. Altogether, this exhibition is a culmination of his multiple impressions concerning his identity with the camera as a mental and physical barrier that distances him from himself while also bringing him closer to himself. It also takes places in particular spaces recollecting the tropes of familiar and the unfamiliar, reassessing his places and cities of dwelling into his own particular aesthetic field. And in between these two polarities, lies the ambiguous tropes of elsewheres that add another layer to the narratives he creates by way of his images.
This takes us to fragments of crucial bodies of work in his catalogue from his paradoxical and humorous self-portraits called You as Me wherein he puts together self-portraits using other people to stand in for him to his playful contradiction of a personal documentary through Artificial Memory. Meanwhile, his study of human bodies within the realm of the global and the universal presupposes subjective desires on his subjects working alongside the operative of intimacy through corps tendu while working alongside the landscape of different heres and theres from his archives.
Autobiography opens on July 8, 2015 | Exhibition run: 08 July 2015 - 02 August 2015 | Opening Reception: 08 July 2015, 6pm
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ABOUT THE ARTIST
Gian Cruz, is an artist whose artistic practice is heavily rooted in photography. His major preoccupation is about tracing identities (most often self-referential) in the digital age with the aid of photography and his work does the inevitable crossing over to the realm of performance initiating his work to a more complex spectrum. As his works refer to discourses and processes in relation to his art making, the finished work he creates are often just initiators towards a bigger picture, a greater elsewhere, a more extensive dialogue.
He has been widely exhibited in Europe and recently the US. Some of his notable shows include BorderBody | Mixing Cities and Identities at MECA Mediterráneo Centro Artístico, Spain and Unwrap n˚4 in Oslo, Norway which was done in collaboration with PAO Performance Art Oslo and ACTS-Laboratory for Perfromance Practices in 2013 and a group exhibition at LACDA Los Angeles Centre for Digital Art in 2014. Cruz has also been shortlisted for the 2014 Ateneo Art Awards Purita Kalaw-Ledesma Prize for Art Criticism and was formerly a researcher for the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea.