Mark Salvatus Crackling for a piece of the moon
The Drawing Room 07.05 – 07.06 2022
“Look!” Yoji came back to the house with a goldfish in a plastic bag.
“Wait! We have to count 10,” said Aljure.
“Ten, nine, eight, seven, ………….”
Aljure released the goldfish to a jar.
“Are they hollow blocks?” he asked.
“Yes, with eyes” I said.
Sound of running flip flop on kids’ feet.
“Yoji!” Jamjam and JM called from the street.
Then all of them dashed
to the little door next to the pasit shop
and disappeared into the dark.
On the roof, I saw a white dove.
About The Artist
From painting to video, children’s book illustration to graffiti, and installations to collective actions, Mark Salvatus’ artistic practice takes different forms and invite various interactions to generate and circulate energies, meanings and experiences. Calling his overall artistic practice ‘Salvage Projects’, he plays with the debris of everyday politics in the city, remnants of the blurred history of the nation and its complicated narratives and traces of his constant movements.
Recent exhibitions include Asian Art Biennale, Taichung (2021); Watch & Chill, Museum of Contemporary Art and Design, Manila; M+ Hong Kong; Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul and MAIIM, Chiang Mai (2021-2022), Whose Stories?, Kamloops Art Gallery, Kamloops, BC (2021); A Life Beyond Boundaries (the geography of belonging), JWD ART SPACE, Bangkok, Errant Life, Promiscuous Form, Gravity Art Space, Quezon City, We are going to have to live outside,Vargas Museum and Filipiniana Research Center, Quezon City, Notes for Tomorrow, traveling exhibition organized by Independent Curators International (ICI), Pennsylvania, Calgary, Nanjing, Istanbul, Taipei, Auckland (2021-2022); Between the Sun and the Moon, 2nd Lahore Biennale (2020), Entry into a Creature. From Social Sculpture to Platform Capitalism, Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien, Berlin (2020).