Homecoming: A Talk by Patrick Cruz
February 29, 6:30-8:30 PM
Liu Institute for Global Issues
University of British Columbia
Open to all
The UBC Philippine Studies Series and Centre A is pleased to present a talk by Filipino-Canadian artist Patrick Cruz, winner of the 2015 Annual RBC Painting Competition. Cruz will present a chronology of his works leading to his ongoing project Kamias Triennale, a tri-annual event that fosters dialogues between local and international artists. Dada Docot and Makiko Hara will respond to Cruz’s talk, relating his works to the artistic productions in the Philippines, in the Filipino diaspora, and in Canada. This event is held in conjunction with Cruz’s first solo show since winning the RBC prize that will be held at the Centre A, curated by Makiko Hara, and that will open on March 4, 2016.
PATRICK CRUZ (b.1987) is a Filipino-Canadian multidisciplinary artist. He holds a BFA from Emily Carr University of Art + Design, and is currently living and working in Guelph, Ontario where he is pursuing his Masters in Fine Arts at the University of Guelph. Cruz’s experience migrating from the Philippines to Canada informs his studio practice, prompting him to question notions of diaspora, displacement and the adoption of a new cultural identity. Recognizing the importance of his endeavors, in 2015, Cruz was awarded first prize at the 17th Annual RBC Painting Competition. Cruz has presented work locally and internationally. For more information, visit www.patrickcruz.org
DADA DOCOT is a PhD Candidate in Anthropology at the University of British Columbia. Docot recently completed her ethnographic fieldwork in the Philippines where she looked into the entanglements of migration, colonial histories, narratives of development, and intimacy, in a town called by its residents as the “Town of Dollars.” Her film works that reflect on Filipino overseas mobilities have been exhibited and shown in both academic and art environments. She is a Liu Institute for Global Issues Scholar, co-founder of the UBC Philippine Studies Series, and the first Filipino to have been awarded the Vanier Canada Graduate Research Scholarship.
MAKIKO HARA is an Independent Curator, based in Vancouver and Tokyo. She has been researching and curating contemporary art internationally since the early 1990s. From 2007 to 2013 Hara served as Chief Curator at Centre A and in 2016, she is returning as Curator-in-Residence. Hara is specialized in socially engaged art practices and has curated numerous public art projects in Canada and Japan including Toronto Scotia Bank Nuit Blanche (2009), and most recently the 2014-15 artist-in-residence AIR 476 in Yonago, Japan, and the Koganecho Bazaar 2014 – Fictive Communities Asia, International Artist in Residency and Art Festival co-organized with Yokohama Triennial 2014. She is currently a Contributing Curator for Mash Up: The Birth of Modern Culture, coming up at Vancouver Art Gallery.