Filipino American Artist Directory, 2015–current
Filipino American Artist Directory is an independent initiative to connect and make visible the broad community of visual artists of Filipino heritage living and working in the United States. It aims to increase the recognition of Filipino American artists through an online resource and series of publications, as well as group events, exhibitions, commissioned works, and collaborations with other artists and organizations.
The project is based in St. Louis at the site of the 1904 World’s Fair, which was significant for the Philippine Exhibit of 1,200 Filipinos that largely (mis)shaped American perception of the Philippines. The directory reclaims that site and addresses its history by compiling a list of 1,200 artists actively exhibiting their work around the country, as opposed to being exhibited, and aims to culminate in a series of events and exhibitions in St. Louis in 202X. The project was founded in 2015, first inspired by the book The Decolonized Eye: Filipino American Art and Performance by Sarita Echavez See.