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dc.contributor.authorGarcia, Abraham
dc.coverage.spatialSouth Brisbane, Queensland
dc.description.abstractResearch Background: Can the ideas from the diaspora’s invisible qualities of adaptability as skilled migrants, long-term exiles, visiting foreigners and culture bearers – affect and effect a transformative and circuitous exchange in the ‘here and there’ and sustain an asymmetrical Filipino imaginarium? My art practice unraveled through trans-local lens from trans-cultural experiences in reaching out to Filipino cluster communities in south-east Queensland. The forming ideas, concepts and insights brought about from the studio research, cross-border implementation, overseas exhibitions and in Pause, Forward reconnect the expatriate audience to a postcolonial project that is not binary and dichotomous, where art becomes a social practice. Research Contribution: Photography forms the reconnections to the mundane through the use of the camera as an image-making device and evolving technologies in printing the image. As a foundational medium printed on vinyl creates multiple points of engagement with the photographic image layered with painted or erased visual elements, crafted materials and impressed with folds, textures on the surfaces. The sensorial interaction with the viewers activates the spectre of comparisons from a haunting moment to remembering specific trans-local experiences as a culture-bearer from the hometown/nation realised in art in situ. Research Significance: The important role of an exhibiting Filipino visual artist, as a global citizen, a sojourner, a kababayan (thinking of other Filipinos), one who imagines oneself as part of a trans-local and transplanted barangay (village) and to make us re-member why our ancestors after consecutive colonial experiences in the archipelago declared to be a republic. Clearly, the contemporary artist undertakes hyphenated roles, becomes a trans-cultural interlocutor, knowledge brokers or as ordinary vernacular participant, or a promoter of communal solidarity, who manages contentions as an aware subaltern.en_US
dc.format.mediumDigital photography, print on vinyl, sewn and hammered upholstery materials, print screen washen_US
dc.publisherGriffith University, Queensland College of Arten_US
dc.publisher.placeProject Gallery, Webb Centre, Queensland College of Arten_US
dc.subject.fieldofresearchVisual artsen_US
dc.subject.fieldofresearchPhotography, video and lens-based practiceen_US
dc.subject.fieldofresearchVisual arts not elsewhere classifieden_US
dc.titleLook more closelyen_US
dc.typeCreative worken_US
dc.type.descriptionT1_4 Other Curated Significant Public Exhibition/Event (Major Research)en_US
dcterms.bibliographicCitationGarcia, A, Look more closely, 2021en_US
gro.description.notepublicLook More Closely Abraham Ambo Garcia Jr. Look More Closely re-frames this collection of works as exploration of contemporary trans-local identities of the Filipino. Currently, a tenth of the Filipinos (at least 10 million) live elsewhere (300,000 reside in Australia as the fifth-largest ethnicity). For the Pinoy in Australia also re-invent their identities as translations from these trans-cultural experiences. The various sites of making attempt to mimic this lived reality, which include photography, images printed on vinyl sheets, collaborative crafting of upholstery materials, erasure painting and calligraphy, reflect the pronounced age of social and economic mobility beyond national borders. This month of May also marks the 75th anniversary of Philippine-Australian diplomatic relations.en_US
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