Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Vagari by Josephine Turalba on March 6 to 31 at Galleria Duemila

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Galleria Duemila presents Vagari a solo exhibition by Josephine Turalba. The exhibition takes its name from the Latin word Vagari meaning to wander. Her latest suite of works features an array of multimedia works that encompasses photography, video installation, painting, and serigraph print.

In Vagari, leitmotifs are laden with narratives of migration of sea, land, and air. As with most of Turlaba’s works, Vagari also takes the form of an investigative and multidisciplinary approach that shifts in context as her medium changes. Migration Series 1 is a pool of vibrant serigraph and collograph prints that depict refugee narratives wherein the subjects are seemingly abstracted. While No Way Forward, No Way Back, a briskly didactic 9:45 minute triptych video on storylines of exodus shows Turalba assuming her signature character Kinari, a mythical being who is half-bird, half-woman known as goddess of wealth in Hindu and protector of human beings in Southeast Asian Buddhist mythology—doing just that as migrations are portrayed. This particular work extends to Turlba’s evocative single frame video-stills, offering a glimpse into the rich introspection of a wanderlust artist who has set countless places both existing and imaginary as potent spaces in the pursuit of grasping the insurmountable immensity of the human experience.

Josephine Turalba holds an M.F.A. degree in New Media and Digital Arts from, Transart Institute, New York and Donau-Universität Krems, Austria, and a B.A. in Psychology from University of the Philippines, Diliman. She is an interdisciplinary installation artist who incorporates video, sculpture, performance and sound into her artworks. She received her MFA in New Media from Transart Institute at Universität Krems in Austria in 2009. Her works take a visceral approach to the politics of violence focusing on the dynamics of infliction, trauma, depicting traces and spaces, a place where empathy translates into healing.

Her videos and sculptural installation works have been shown at the Santorini Biennale,

Greece, 2012; The Pier-2 Art Center, Kaohsiung, Taiwan, 2012; La Cinematheque Francaise, Paris, France 2012; Werkstatt der Kulturen, Berlin, Germany, 2012; École des Beaux- Arts, Paris, France, 2012; The Yuchengco Museum, Manila, 2011; South Hill Park, Bracknel, UK, 2011; KIT Kunst-im-Tunnel, Düsseldorf, Germany, 2011; The 12th Cairo Biennale, Egypt, 2010; Malta Contemporary Art Center, 2009, Cultural Center of the Philippines, 2007 and 2009 and the Lopez Museum, Manila, Philippines in 2013, 2007 and in 1992. Vagari runs from March 6-31, 2015

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