ARTISTS / ROBERTO FELEO

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ABOUT THE ARTIST

Roberto Feleo has sought to interlace folk/mythical and colonial strands into the devotion of image-making in the Philippines. His works have been described as reinventing colonial iconography as a source of popular culture – visually etymologizing local representations of Faith and Ritual, as well as symbols of passage and containment into a contemporary language transacted through dimension and narrative. The symbolisms that play out are products of a post-colonial script, even going far as utilizing the multiple idioms associated with particular images and the names we have for them. Feleo’s encapsulated histories are meant to surpass a linear logic so characteristic of storytelling. Rather, Feleo produces a tautological universe that unfolds in allegorical, fantasy or mythic time.

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