b. 1989, Manila, Philippines
Cian Dayrit is an artist working in painting, sculpture, and installation. His practice involves counter cartography, revising historical and political narratives, and excavating ancient mythologies.
His cartographic projects “Exposition” (2016), which worked with the historical collections of the Lopez Museum and Library (Pasig, Philippines), and “Atlas of the Global South” (2016), a series of collaged and symbolic paintings, show how empire scored out the maps of the modern world, how its aftermath perpetuates industrial development, and how alternative territories might be imagined from the ground-up. Informed by the experience of colonialism from the perspective of the Philippines, Dayrit’s work nonetheless resists being fixed to a specific position or location.
Dayrit studied painting at the University of the Philippines, and won an Ateneo Art Award in 2017. His work has been exhibited in international biennials, including the Gwangju Biennale; Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art; Dhaka Art Summit, Bangladesh; New Museum Triennial “Songs for Sabotage” in New York; and Göteborg Biennal. Dayrit has also participated in exhibitions at ParaSite, Hong Kong, Hammer Museum, L.A., the Metropolitan Museum of Manila, and the Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw. In 2019 he was an artist in residence at Gasworks, London.