A man is thrown off from his hammock and falls into a hole. The cavity is in the shape of a big inverted head. He is trapped. It is dark inside the hole. A storm brews in the skies above, the clouds covering a sun-like compass rose. Rain starts to fill the cavity, slowly submerging the man under water. But just as the water reaches the top, the cavity collapses, pulling the man as if he were being sucked into a drain.
These are one of the unexpected surrealist scenes in ‘Hide and Seek', the latest video project by Filipino artist Paulo Vinluan. The title work that headlines his debut show at Silverlens Manila, it is a deeply lyrical piece that touches on an issue that affects many today. It is a sketch of the emotional and psychological roller coaster experienced by those whose lives are marked by impermanence, whether by choice or force. These are people for whom the definition of ‘home’ remains slippery and elusive. It is a condition that the artist is all too familiar with.
This show may quite simply be about how one attempts to map out a concept of home. But Vinluan approaches this conundrum by looking at its nature, seeing ‘home’ existing both as a tangible and an imagined place.
For the video 'Hide and Seek', Vinluan created a fictitious space where his narrative can slowly unfold. To borrow from Vinluan’s own words, it is the site where the story is slowly “unpacked.” On this stage, we see a man journey through his emotions stemming from displacement: anxiety, vulnerability, disorientation.
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Wednesday October 23, 2013 - Saturday November 23, 2013
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