Counter Acts II, Poklong Anadin

Counter Acts II Chromogenic print and LED lightbox

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4/25 10:00 ~ 4/26 18:00
Roppongi Street underground passage
[Participation fee]
Counter Acts II”, an illuminated photographic transparency work (lightbox) with a size of 400 x 187.14 cm. Anading’s on-going series "Counter Acts" was initiated with illuminated photographic film transparencies (lightboxes), whose subject matter are people holding up circular mirrors in front of their faces that reflect sunlight back to the camera – consequently obscuring the faces with a flash of light. “Counter Acts I” - a photograph of a group of people participating in the aforementioned activity, is the first of the "Counter Acts" series. "Counter Acts II" is similar in execution, yet adds another layer of meaning that is not readily perceptible. Whereas “Counter Acts I” was a photograph of a group of people together in a particular place at the same time, the subjects in “Counter Acts II” were not. Using only one place as his backdrop, Anading took photos of each person separately, and combined them together in post-production. The elimination of time through the process of image-layering creates this notion of equality, co-existence. This literal "facelessness" does not only invite to the discussion of identity (which is in terms of a definition a national issue of the Philippines as a post-colonialized society) but about existence bound by time and space. “Counter Acts II” was also featured at the 2012 Gwangju Biennale and Art Basel Hong Kong Artfair 2015.


Poklong Anading

Poklong Anading was born in Manila, Philippines in 1975. He graduated from Universtiy of Philippines in 1999 with a Bachelor of Arts. He was awarded the Atheneo Art Award in 2006 and 2008 and was chosen in the "13 Artists" at the Philippine Cultural Center held in 2006, becoming one of the leading young conceptual artist of Philippine contemporary art scene. He has participated in international exhibitions such as 2009 Jakarta Biennale and 2012 Gwangju Biennale, as well as "No Country" and exhibition organized by the Guggenheim Museum which introduced South Asia and South-east Asian artists in 2013.