b. 1978, Manila, Philippines; lives and works in Manila, Philippines.
Gary-Ross Pastrana is a contemporary Filipino artist known for his multimedia works that explore themes of memory, history, and identity. Pastrana's work often incorporates a range of materials, including photography, video and found objects, to create complex and layered visual narratives that engage with the social and political realities of contemporary Philippines. Interested in the philosophies of art and the epistemologies of the art object, he often addresses the destruction and mutation of material, incorporating elements of performance, sound and installation, creating interactive experiences for viewers. Pastrana’s work deploys experimentation and poetics and centres on non-linear moving images and other fields of knowledge, such as language, music and science. The work offers a liminal space in many cases to unpack and live with various dichotomies of culture and nature - particularly exploring other approaches to humanity’s relationship with non-human animals.
Gary-Ross Pastrana’s recent exhibitions include Things that came to light, Silverlens, Manila (2021); some recent (& disrupted) projects, Silverlens, Manila (2020); Every Step in the Right Direction, Singapore Biennale, Singapore (2019); Art Encounters Biennial, Romania (2019); An Opera for Animals, Para Site, Hong Kong (2019), Rockbund Art Museum, Shanghai (2019); Utopia Hasn’t Failed Me Yet, Silverlens, Manila (2018); The Extra, Extra Ordinary, Museum of Contemporary Art and Design, Manila (2018); The Other Face of the Moon, Asia Culture Center, Gwangju (2017); _*Clock, Map, Knife, Mirror*_, ROH Projects, Jakarta, (2016); and Summa, Jorge B. Vargas Museum, Manila (2014).
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