Natural Histories of Struggle: Rhizome, 2021
Cian Dayrit

Objects, embroidery, imagery, and digital print on fabric (collaboration with RJ Fernandez and Henricus)

120 x 180 cm


Natural Histories of Struggle (2021), made in collaboration with RJ Fernandez and Henry Caceres, comprises seven new textile works that draw upon the archive of American zoologist and colonial administrator Dean Conant Worcester. Worcester’s photographs are printed upon textiles and embroidered with texts, emblems, and adornments, thereby opening up the original archival photographs as an arena to reframe power-relationships and inscribe counter narratives within the colonial history of the Philippines.

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