Cian Dayrit appropriates traditions of cartography and spatial representation to present a critical stance on the authorship and content of the map format. Working across painting, sculpture and tapestry, he examines legacies of colonial violence and oppression latent in cultural and political institutions. His work often utilises humour to present a satirical view of how power is exerted and reinforced through ideas, symbols and conventions often taken for granted and viewed as benevolent.
During his residency at Gasworks, Dayrit plans to conduct research in the archives of SOAS (The School of Oriental & African Studies) that will inform the work he produces for a forthcoming exhibition at SOAS’s Brunei Gallery. Of particular interest is the collection of historian Ifor Ball Powell which was bequeathed to the archive in 1986 and contains extensive materials on the history of Philippines and the British presence there in particular. Running parallel with this investigation is an interest in the development of the social sciences, particularly anthropology, sociology and geography and their role in the expansion of European power and influence.
Cian Dayrit lives and works in Cainta. He acquired a BFA Major in Painting at the University of Philippines in 2011. Recent solo exhibitions include; Busis Ibat Ha Kanayunan, Bellas Artes Outpost, Makati City (2017); Atlas of the Global South, Kaida Gallery, Quezon City; and Pasyon, Art Informal, Mandaluyong (both 2016). Recent group exhibitions include; Long Green Lizards, IFAN Museum of African Arts, Dakar; Imagining Memory: From Amnesia to Anesthesia, 1335 Mabini Gallery, Makati City; Songs for Sabotage, New Museum, New York; and A Beast, a God, and a Line, Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw (all 2018). Dayrit is a recipient of the CCP Thirteen Artists Award 2018.
Cian Dayrit’s residency is supported by Mercedes Zobel and he is hosted in the Outset Residency Studio.