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Studio Crit I

  • White Box Studio 226 Grey Street South Brisbane, QLD, 4101 Australia (map)

Abraham Ambo Garcia JR is a Davao-based Filipino PhD candidate in the visual arts. He is doing

photography as an artform with expanded practice in painting, papermaking, printmaking, and

craft. His current works concern with the evolving identity of the Filipino-Australians, which

reconnect him back to local, regional, and historical contexts.

The body of works in OASES explores and revisits the ideas of being a Filipino that signify leaving

and living home. His ongoing studio research takes him to meet different waves Filipino migrant

families in Queensland through his Santa Rosa Project initiative, where he became a participant

observer to their everyday and celebratory lives.

His works are visual conversations on the Deleuzian concept of the fold; reflections on the Filipino

spirituality and salawikain (proverbs) on resilience; and metaphors on the Philippine’s

transcultural intersections of being itinerant. And he looks at exemplars in art practices that uses

photographic images, or make-do material manipulation, or works exploring the lateral flux of


The studio research proactively addresses and cultivates a primary audience where the exhibition

occurs, and the latter are treated as companions on this creative process. This is done by reaching

out to business establishments where the Filipino-Australian families converge to satisfy their

intangible cravings of home.

OASES has been exhibited at the POP Gallery in March and as an abridged version at the Glass Box

in April.

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