Research Intake Objects (series)
2017 - ongoing
In a performative gesture to subvert and challenge the western Archive, this work brought a fabricated ephemeral object into the collections of Philippine History at a major institution of natural history as if it were an actual archival object. Through this work, I offered an account of its existence, how I obtained it, and its approximate date as a critique of Institutional knowledge formation and colonial discourse. Following this action, staff at the institution took notes, documented and photographed the object, and offered a flash drive with the images from their documentation session. Within this performative gesture, I am interested in highlighting the assumptions made under which primary sources are seen as factual and how their abstracted representations apart from their temporal context have been used as a proxy to dictate cultural practices and cultivate stereotypes without the consultation of those affected by them.