Fiona Gavino, one half of the pixels+fibre team, has recently completed a three-month Asialink Residency to the Philippines. On completion Fiona held an exhibition at 98B’s PAN Project Space in Escolta, Manila.
Over the past 3 months Gavino has researched the construct of post-colonial Filipino identity. As an Australian artist of mixed ethnicity (Filipino/Maori/Australian) the work Bahalana; The Journey of an Empty Cup, seeks to highlight the relationship between the material cultural traditions of rattan and basket weaving and the value of tradition in identity.
Gavino states, “Engaging in a dialogue around tradition, identity and to some extent our own histories is essential. It shifts the hegemonic power structure of existing paradigms. Thus the former ideologies of colonialism can be re-evaluated and a post-colonial identity can be embraced”
This statement a reflection of the artist’s own political consciousness of contemporary Australian issues that have been apprised by her months living as an Asialink artist in resident. Gavino’s residency in the Philippines hosted by the artist run collective of 98B has given her an invaluable, insightful and engaging set of experiences informing her own ideas about identity and strengthening her reputation as an intercultural artist.