Connected Forms 2019
In this series ‘Gara: Connected Forms’ I looked at how ideas of place and identity are manifest in one provincial town in the Philippines.
Carigara is a community of around 60,000 people.
Lying at the northern end of the island of Leyte, it faces a wide, sheltered bay and is ringed by mountains that protect it from the worst the Pacific(some fifty miles to the East) can throw at it. In 2013 it was in the direct path of the strongest typhoon ever to hit land (known locally as Typhoon Yolanda).
Legend has it that it was founded by the arrival of Datu Gara and his tribe. Though never subject to any further immigration since this legendary foundation, over the centuries it has barter traded with the Chinese and Arabs, been a Spanish colony for 500 years, an American protectorate for 50, and been occupied by the Japanese in WW2.
These works are all based on sketches and research work I made while staying there from December 2018 until the end of January 2019 and were exhibited in October 2019.