On the occasion of Refractions, 2023's SPAZIO GRIOT summer artistic programming, curators Eric Otieno Sumba and Johanne Affricot caught up with Liryc Dela Cruz to talk about his first solo exhibition, Il Mio Filippino: For Those Who Care To See, which had its opening at Mattatoio (Rome) on June 20, 2023.

by GRIOT - Published on 19/07/2023
Liryc Dela Cruz. Photo: Andrea Pizzalis

In his first solo exhibition, Il Mio Filippino: For Those Who Care To See, Dela Cruz continues his multi-year research on the Philippine’s diaspora in Italy. Dela Cruz focuses on domestic workers, seeking to understand the states of exhaustion and practices of care and rest that are associated with their lives.

The Il Mio Filippino (My Filipino) exhibition’s title refers to the widespread practice of associating the Filipino community with domestic labour, a prejudice that the artist experienced first-hand upon his arrival in Italy, with little room left to imagine Filipinas and Filipinos outside of this particular line of work, prompting Dela Cruz’s long-standing engagement with the subject.

Liryc Dela Cruz is a Rome-based artist and filmmaker originally from Mindanao, Philippines. Dela Cruz’s exploration of his origins, his biography, and social psychology grounds a multifaceted practice that includes film as well as performance, and that centers community gatherings and collective co-creation as tools of artistic research. His work expands thematically into the arenas of care, indigenous and decolonial practices, the transpacific trade of enslaved people, and notions of hospitality in pre- and post-colonial Philippines.

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Created and directed by | Eric Otieno Sumba e Johanne Affricot
Video and editing | Andrea Pizzalis

Curated by | Johanne Affricot and Eric Otieno Sumba
Associate Curator | Roberto Scalmana
Assistant Curator | Lea Ramasawamy
Production + Communication Manager | Darya Shojay Kaveh
Graphic Designer | Kinga Raciti

Concept | Celine Angbeletchy aka EHUA
Artistic Direction | Johanne Affricot
Production + Communication Manager | Darya Shojay Kaveh
Storyteller | S. Himasha Weerappulige
Graphic Desinger | Kinga Raciti

Promoted by | Assesorato alla Cultura di Roma Capitale e Azienda Speciale Palaexpo
Co-produced and organised by | SPAZIO GRIOT e Azienda Speciale Palaexpo
Main Sponsor | GUCCI
Supported by | British Council
In collaboration with | American Academy in Rome, Polo del ‘900, EXP


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