TO MAKE PHILIPPINES
a multi-disciplinary research and development project encompassing themes of returning, post-coloniality, dreaming true, telepathic communion, ancestral theories, intergenerational trauma, and weaving.
text, performance, sound piece
process based text experiment which involves continually re-reading, extracting and reconstructing Hélène Cixous’ book Philippines, to approach the text through dialogue.
extracts performed at Where I’m Coming From, Radio Platfform / Wales Millenium Centre, and for Wales Arts Review’s Digithon festival.
tiny bubbles in the wine
artist moving image, text
association-based writing and collaged film exploring how trauma is told through Filipino traditions of oral history and secrets. the film explores how repetition of ‘signs’ can unlock the untold - through intuitive links between the mother’s story, cultural traditions and David Medalla’s Cloud Canyons.
exhibited at SHIFT and g39. watch at HOAX.
to make philippines
long form text
written through a process of constraint in which the next section can only be written once it has been dreamed - in lieu of a tradition rooted in certain islands of the Philippines.
‘To Make Philippines is an evocation; a journey through associations that flits between the intertwined memories of three generations. In this surreal autofictive work, loose threads are left for the narrator to follow, as she weaves together stories told and secrets revealed by her mother and lola in order to connect with her distant Filipino heritage.
Beginning with the adoption of a shared name, Pineda, passageways begin to emerge. From here, we traverses dreams, collective trauma and reverie in a mystical montage that always returns. Spanning themes of migration, seperation, semiotics, oral histories and traditions, To Make Philippines is a communion across generations.’
supported by Literature Wales’ New Writers Mentoring and Bursary 2020
artist moving image, wood craft, performance, installation
with Beau W Beakhouse, Radha Patel and Zain Amir. Supported by Arts Council of Wales.