ABOUT: The migrant wanders the earth, carrying nothing but paper documents and heavy suitcases. They had to leave it all behind, in search of greener pastures. As they navigate foreign lands, they are greeted with overwhelming change and uncertainty. The Filipino migrant is no stranger to such narratives.
FOR GOOD represents the experiences of Filipino migrants upon moving to the United States. The exhibition is composed of twelve collages, made with traces of old documents and print advertising. Abed Ragasa employs the materiality of paper, in translating its fragility and significance to the migration experience. It is then amplified through accumulations of paper forms that are pinned and arranged over satellite maps and images of the familiar, resembling a flock of birds over a landscape.
This exhibition is ultimately an inquiry as to how one attempts to understand the vastness of the Filipino diaspora.
Tuyô (Arid) Abed Ragasa print advertisement cutouts, pins, and xerox transfer on Manila envelope 9"x12" 2021 $90 (USD)
ABOUT THE ARTIST: ABED RAGASA is a visual artist born in the Philippines and is currently based in Southern California.
His works primarily revolve around migration and urban geography. Through experimentation with various media ranging from concrete and asphalt to found objects and paper, Ragasa uses physical traces from his environment in raising inquiries that react to the realities of diaspora and colonization.
Ragasa received his BFA with a major in Painting in 2019 from the University of the Philippines Diliman, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude.
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