Filipino american artist directory, 2015–ongoing
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.
I began this project in 2015 as both a personal exploration of my Filipino American identity and as a resource for artists in their own searches to connect with others. Having grown up and lived in the Midwest most of my life, I had never met another Filipino American artist until beginning this project.
I was born and live in St. Louis at the site of the 1904 World’s Fair, which was significant for the Philippine Exhibit of 1,200 indigenous Filipinos that largely (mis)shaped American perception of the Philippines when it first because a United States colony. Using my hometown as context and a starting point for this project, 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 first inspired by the book The Decolonized Eye: Filipino American Art and Performance by Sarita Echavez See.
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