22 – 31 January 2021
Tanjong Pagar Distripark

Ghost Painting (Cracked Category): Panatang Makabayan / Philippine National Oath of Allegiance

Kristoffer Ardeña

Elastomeric paint on PVC coated fabric
163 x 133 cm


Kris’s work mirrors the Philippines’ archipelagic permeability, whereas islands absorb elements around us and reconfigure them to the environment they take hold of. Kris fuses and reconfigures contemporary materiality from the anti-humidity house paint he uses that take on the color palettes that glow from local buildings to the PVC fiber tarpaulin.

It simulates the humidity’s decay by destroying/cracking the works after they’ve been painted, releasing an explosion of kinetic energy slamming the pieces against a concrete pillar on his rooftop.For Panatang Makabayan/Philippine National Oath of Allegiance, the surface is an optical conduit for indirectly housing political discourse embedded within the aesthetics of the optical pattern decaying. The Oath or the Flag of the Philippines is protected by the heraldic code which denies any use of their components visually outside of the set guidelines. However the work here doesn’t have to illustrate these concepts rather the communication of aesthetic and the universal can move beyond the binary dialogue which surrounds the concept of the title.

About the Artist

Kristoffer Ardeña lives between Negros island (Philippines) and Madrid (Spain). Individual projects include: Museo Carrillo Gil in Mexico, Selasar Sunaryo Art Space, Ruang Mes 65 and Cemeti Art House (Indonesia), Vargas Museum and the Cultural Center of the Philippines in Manila (Philippines), Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo Museum (Madrid), La Conservera Centro de Arte Contemporáneo in Murcia (Spain). He has also participated in various collective projects, among them the 3rd Bucharest Biennale (Romania), 3rd Guangzhou Triennale (China), Konstholl C in Stockholm (Sweden), Caixa Forum in Barcelona and La Casa Encendida in Madrid, MUSAC in León (Spain), Casino Forum d’Art Contemporain (Luxembourg), Apexart in New York (USA), Museo Ex Teresa Arte Actual (Mexico) and the Museo de Arte Moderno in Medellin (Colombia). He is the founder of MILF (Moving Image Lab Filipinas) curatorial platform and the co-founder of Photoma (http://www.photoma.info/), an initiative on Philippine contemporary photography.

Kristoffer Ardeña will be presenting his works at Tropical Futures Institute.