Memorial of an Inquiry

Memorial of an Inquiry

Memorial of an Inquiry

Three Channels Video Installation
The Philippines, 2014

Playing around with archives is one way for artist to examines history facts. They often manipulate archives to explore and clarify.  The idea is to reflect the past to understand concept that has not been fully comprehended, that history conveyed information and politics glued with biased and human memories.

This archive tells a story about Tasaday tribe. A hoax that emerged in the 70’s created by Marcos government to distract people’s attention from the reality of how the world viewed the Philippines at that time. The archive was being showcased in several renovation sets, reinterpreted, and re-examined through three-screen cinema. The archive was re-presented from the vault, to create possibilities for us to change our understanding over things. What comes out later was the question, was Tasaday a hoax or was the idea of a hoax is a hoax itself? So, where is the truth? The answer probably lies in between facts and fictions which all seek attention.

Jan Patrick D. Pineda

Jan Patrick Pineda is an artist based in Manila. His works are image-based interventions that inquire on the nature of capital, memory and social contracts. He is a co-founder, the design and photo editor of Disclab Research and Criticism. (discussionlab.com) and a member of Thousandfold.org.