Block Out the Sun – S.E.A. Focus

Block Out the Sun

Stephanie Syjuco

Medium: Single-channel video, 5:09 min, Edition 1 of 3

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Artist Statement

In Block Out the Sun (2021), Stephanie Syjuco responds to historical archives containing documentation of a faux Filipino village created for the 1904 World’s Fair. A newly-acquired colony of the United States, Filipino culture was showcased for the American public via a living “human zoo,” filled with 1200 imported “natives” performing dances and rituals. Over a century after the original photos were taken, Syjuco uses her body to intervene with the archive–both a temporary shield and a marker of defiance.

About the Artist

Stephanie Syjuco works in photography, sculpture, and installation, moving from handmade and craft-inspired mediums to digital editing and archive excavations. Recently, she has focused on how photography and image-based processes are implicated in the construction of racialised, exclusionary narratives of history and citizenship. Born in the Philippines, she is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and has exhibited widely, including at The Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, among others. She is an Associate Professor at the University of California, Berkeley, and resides in Oakland, California.