The "American imperial photography complex" is an archive that "shaped events and ideas" associated with U.S. empire in the Philippines. — Nerissa Balce40 works
As the ambiguity of “carework” suggests, Filipinos care for the physical well-being of their employers and also those employers’ emotional and psychic lives.18 works
“Citizenship is not just a matter of formal legal status; it is a matter of belonging...” ---Evelyn Nakano Glenn41 works
At a nexus of colonialism and neocolonialism for five centuries, Filipinos confront the legacies of colonial and imperial engagement in their daily lives.75 works
"Filipinos ... did not necessarily move through borders, but rather, borders continually enfolded them.” --- Allan Punzalan Isaac65 works
How have digital and new media technologies created new social and creative possibilities that have transformed the lives of Filipinos and others around the world?32 works
"[Slow violence] is neither spectacular nor instantaneous [but plays out in] a host of other slowly unfolding environmental catastrophes." --- Rob Nixon89 works
“The bare brown bosoms ... were markers of savagery, colonial desire, and a justification for Western imperial rule.” --- Nerissa Balce86 works
"We had to find some way not only of retaining, but rediscovering, our culture." -- Joel Jacinto, Kayamanan ng Lahi performing arts group7 works
A “labor brokerage state ... actively prepares, mobilizes, and regulates its citizens for migrant work abroad.” --- Robyn Magalit Rodriguez66 works
"All foreign influences were not adopted outright, but adapted ... just as they were transformed in other areas of culture ..." - Doreen Fernandez, "Why Sinigang?"22 works
"Remembering and telling the truth about terrible events are prerequisites both for the restoration of the social order and for the healing of individual victims." --- Judith...20 works
"Queerness is that thing that lets us feel that this world is not enough, that indeed something is missing." --- José Esteban Muñoz95 works
"The white man is very clever. He came quietly and peaceably with his religion. We were amused at his foolishness and allowed him to stay." --- Chinua Achebe2 works
Filipinos transform, deliberately and accidentally, the spaces that they enter and leave, unsettling national imaginaries and material spaces.24 works
Kiam Marcelo Junio is a Chicago-based interdisciplinary artist working across media, from dance and performance to sculpture, installation, photography, and writing. Their research and art work center around queer identity, Philippine history and the Filipino diaspora, Western imperialism, and personal and collective healing through collaborative projects and individual self-work. Kiam served seven years in the US Navy as a Hospital Corpsman. Their work has been exhibited, screened, and performed throughout Chicago at Boyfriends, Defibrillator, Links Hall, the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Bijou Theater, and the Field Museum, as well as in New York City, NY; Riverside, CA; Mexico City, Mexico; Cadiz, Spain; and Montreal, Canada. They were born in the Philippines and have lived in the US, Japan, and Spain.
The role of the artist, the magician, the prophet, and each individual, is to bring about change in the world through one's own personal transformations, revolutions, and revelations.
As an artist who is also a person of color, an Asian American, a Filipino immigrant, a US Navy veteran, gender-fluid, and decidedly queer, my work exists within these contexts but is not bound by them. I use a multidisciplinary approach in my research and art making. I develop a conceptual ecosystem in which my works function in myriad ways, informing one another. I create photos, installations, videos, and performances. I work collaboratively with local artists, dancers, musicians, and organizers. I foster relationships within my communities and relish in our blossoming. By working with others, we come to know and become more ourselves.
I look towards the future and feel its inertia - the momentum that propels us into infinite uncharted moments, carrying the past forward