Cultivating a Garden
July 12, 2021 - July 10, 2022
"At this very moment, I believe there is a very beautiful garden with wild flowers of purple and pink and yellow, bushes at unexpected places and several spots to place mats with friends or just lay flat and spend time leisurely. I can imagine it as I write, under thick layers of weeds and vines."
SUBD. is dedicating its space for "Cultivating a Garden" - an endeavor to propagate and support creative projects within the locality of our neighborhood (starting at Sta. Rosa, Laguna) and the larger communities we serve in our society.
Informed by relationships with social circles, this will feature engagements with local industries and artistic practices that are present in Sta. Rosa, Laguna and through cultural workers who, by themselves, have created specific units of organizing creative work.
- Zeus Bascon
M:ST 10 connects eight local and global arts organizations to host a series of month long residency exchanges leading up to the Biennial. Gathering itself around specific histories, environments, identities, and bodies, the 10th Biennial will witness and consider “the local” in the context of entangled and interdependent global relations. Taking part are new friends and co-presenters, RAVY Bienniale (Yaoundé, Cameroun), Asiatopia (Bangkok, Thailand), Kamias Special Projects (Quezon City, Philippines), and Catalyst Arts (Belfast, N. Ireland), and old friends Stride Gallery, The New Gallery, TRUCK Contemporary Art in Calgary, and Untitled Art Society- all of whom have worked with us to curate an outstanding cohort of M:ST 10 Biennial artists! All eight artists will be sent on a fully funded Residency and provided with unique exploration and presentation opportunities based on their Residency location.
Zeus Bascon (b.1987 | Laguna, Philippines) graduated from the College of Commerce at the University of Santo Tomas in 2008 and since 2006 has built his art career through active participation in exhibitions. Through a practice of questioning his own metaphysical relationship to the present Zeus has become attuned to a variety of apparitions, leading him to create artworks charged with folk mysticism, the supernatural, and the spiritual. His interdisciplinary practice involves the transmutation of form – extracting elements from past works and integrating them with new layers and presentation strategies in order to establish connections between the internal and external; the logistics of location; energies stored in time; and evidences of intuition. Crossing over other disciplines, such as film and fashion, lead him to further explore performative and costume works - focusing on the body, setting, materiality, movement, and labor in art production. He has participated in residency programs such as Fictive Communities Asia: Koganecho Bazaar 2014 in Yokohama, Japan and Craft Taitung Creator Exchange Program in Taitung, Taiwan in June this year. In 2018, Bascon was a recipient of the Thirteen Artists Award, granted by the Cultural Centre of the Philippines.