POKLONG ANADING

Poklong Anading’s artistic expression has ever since been and is with an investigative, descriptive character, continuously pioneering multi media and installation art in the Philippines.

He first focused on experimental video projects and increasingly explored installation, painting and conceptual works and has at various points made use of discarded objects, found in the streets of Manila. Concepts are often based on an interactive approach, encountering and offering the possibility of participation to the viewer.

As a student of Roberto Chabet, he graduated at the University of the Philippines in 1999 and besides awarded for his work several times nationally, his practice has also been well recognized internationally. Anading has been partaking in the most important Asian Biennials and international exhibitions and has been working with and invited by curators like Mami Kataoka, Alia Swastika, Eugene Tan, and June Yap. His photographic work “Counter Acts I” was collected and exhibited by the Guggenheim Foundation New York and included in the exhibition “No Country: Contemporary Art for South and Southeast Asia” in the Center for Contemporary Art in Singapore.

Continuity is imperative to Poklong Anading’s artistic practice. A vast part of his projects, therefore conceptual approaches, is based on the notion of deductive research – collecting as an act, as a method to extract the essential but then portray the organic appropriateness of dissimilarity.

The artist participated in the Gwangju Biennale twice, in 2002 and 2012. He was invited to the Jakarta Biennale in 2009 and is awardee of the 12thGawad CCP (Manila, Philippines) for Experimental Video in 2000 and of the Thirteen Artists Awards (Manila, Philippines) in 2006. He is a two-time recipient of the Ateneo Art Awards (Manila, Philippines 2006 and 2008) and the Studio Residency Grants in The Kings Cross Art Project (Sydney, Australia) and the Common Networks Foundation (Bandung, Indonesia) and in Centre Intermondes (La Rochelle, France).
In 2012 Anading was invited to contribute his work series “Anonymity” to the exhibition “Phantoms of Asia: Contemporary Awakens the Past” in the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco (California, USA) and works of the artists have been exhibited in the Zentrum fur Kunst und Medientechnologie Karlsruhe (Germany) and the Yokahama Museum of Art(Japan).

Poklong Anading was born in Manila in 1975. He lives and works in the Philippines.



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1975  born in Manila,  Philippines
1995-1999 University of the Philippines, Quezon City (RP)

Exhibitions and projects (2000-2015, selection)

2015
Roppongi Art Night, curated by Mami Kataoka, Tokyo (JP)
Urban canyon, 1335MABINI, Manila (PH) (solo)
Hit or miss is a hit, Alliance Francaise de Manille, Makati (PH) (solo)

2014
No Country, Guggenheim Museum, Singapore (SG)
The Bald Sopranos, Gallery Exit (HK)
What does it all matter as long as the wounds fit the arrows, Cultural Center of the Philippines, Manila (PH)
Brave New World, Metropolitan Museum, Manila (PH)

2013
Copy Select All, Selasar Sunaryo Art Space, Bandung (RI) (solo)
Common Ground Barrier, Galerie Zimmermann Kratochwill, Graz (AT)
Welcome to the Jungle, Yokohama Museum of Art, Nishi-ku, Yokohama (JP)
Welcome to the Jungle, Contemporary Art Museum, Kumamoto (JP)
No Country: Contemporary Art for South and Southeastasia, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York (USA)
Move on Asia, Video Art in Asia 2002-2012, ZKM Zentrum fur Kunst und Medientechnologie, Karlsruhe (DE)
Sharjah Biennal 11: Re:emerge, Sharjah (UAE)
every water is an island, Bankok University Gallery, Bankok (TH) (solo)
Manila Vice, Musee International des Artes Modestes, Sete (FR)
Art Death, 1335Mabini, Ermita, Manila (PH) (solo)
Movement No.2 - Moving on Asia: Towards a New Art Network 2004-2013 - Wellington City Gallery, Wellington (NZ)
Coup de sac, Musee de design et d'arts appliques contemporains, Lausanne (CH)
locus, Silverlens, Gillman Barracks, Singapore (SG) (solo)
Glitch in the System, The 8th Vladivostok Biennale of Visual Arts (RU)

2012
9th Gwangju Biennale, Gwangju, Korea
pocket coffin, Galerie Zimmermann Kratochwill, Graz (A) (solo)
Phantoms of Asia: Contemporary Awakens the Past, curated by Mami Kataoka, Asian Art Museum, San Francisco (CA/USA)

2011
The Sta. Mesa Diaries, Centre for Contemporary Photography (CCP), Gallery 3 (AUS)
It´s Now or Never Part II: New Contemporary Art Acquisitions from Southeast Asia, Singapore Art Museum, Singapore (SGP)
LSSIISLTENNT, Osage Gallery, Hong Kong (solo)

2010
die map für gud buys, Galerie Zimmermann Kratochwill, Graz (A) (solo)
Inventory: New Art From Southeast Asia, Osage Gallery, Singapore (SGP)
Minimum Yields Maximum, Monte Vista Projects, Los Angeles/California (USA)
There’s Money in Spending, Pablo Gallery, Fort Bonifacio (RP) (solo)
Monster Race, Finale Art File, Makati City (RP) (solo)
The Unnamable, Manila Contemporary, Makati City (RP)

2009
Thrice Upon a Time: A Century of Story in the Art of the Philippines, Singapore Art Museum, Singapore (SGP)
(untitled) plot, Finale Art File, Makati City (RP)
This & That, Triple Base Gallery, San Francisco/California (USA)
Drunken Revelry, Ateneo Art Gallery, Ateneo de Manille, Quezon City (RP) (solo)
Tattooed Heart, Mag:net Gallery Katipunan, Quezon City (RP) (solo)
Untitled (Landmark), West Gallery, Quezon City (RP) (solo)
Magnetic Power, Jongno-Gu, Seoul (ROK)
Jakarta Biennale 2009: Fluid Zone, Jakarta, Indonesia (RI)
Some Rooms, Osage Gallery, Hong Kong (HK)

2008
Random Faults & Root Cause, Finale Art File, Makati City (RP) (solo)
Fallen Map, Mag:net Gallery, Quezon City (RP) (solo)
Beyond Frame, Philippine Photomedia, UTS Gallery, University of Technology Sydney, Sydney (AUS)
Galleon Trade: Bay Area Now, 5th Edition, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco/California (USA)
Coffee, Cigarettes and Pad Thai, Contemporary Art in Southeast Asia, Eslite Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan (RC)
Sentimental Value – Philippine Contemporary Art, Art Center/Soka Contemporary Space, Beijing (RC)
[CUT: New Photography from Southeast Asia], Valentine Willie Fine Art, Kuala Lumpur (MAL)
Room 307: Inkling, Gutfeel & Hunch, National Art Gallery, Manila (RP)

2007
Untitled (Landmark), Mag:net Gallery, Quezon City (RP) (solo)
Light Suffers if there’s no Place to Fall from, Finale Art File, Makati City (RP) (solo)
Between Intersections, Ateneo Art Gallery, Ateneo de Manille, Quezon City (RP) (solo)
Shoot Me, Mo_space Gallery, Bonifacio Global City (RP)
Variable Series, Mag:net Gallery, Quezon City (RP)

2006
Anonymity, The Cross Art Projects, Sydney (AUS) (solo)
Faulty Wings, Future Prospects, Quezon City (RP) (solo)
Blindspot, Mag:net Gallery, Makati City (RP) (solo)
Manila Envelope, Worth Ryder Gallery, Berkeley/California (USA)
Metropolitan Mapping, Hongkong Cultural Centre, Hongkong (HK)
Missing Vocabularies, Green Papaya Art Projects, Quezon City (RP)

2005
Disappearance Resonates, Theo Gallery, Makati City (RP) (solo)
Anonymity, Finale Gallery, Mandaluyong City (RP) (solo)
Visible Darkness, National Commission on Culture and the Arts (NCCA), Intramuros Manila (RP) (solo)
Daejeon FAST: Future of Art, Science and Technology, Daejeon Museum of Art, Daejeon (ROK)
The 1st Pocheon Asian Art Festival Exhibition, Pocheon Banwol Art Hall, Pocheon (ROK)
Flippin' Out: Maynila to Williamsburgh, Golitaht Visual Space, New York (USA)
600 Images/60 Artists/6 Curators/6 Cities: Bangkok/Berlin/London/Los Angeles/Manila/Saigon, Lumiere, Makati City (RP)
Other Matters, Future Prospects, Quezon City (RP)
Object Tossed from One Country to Another, Theo Gallery, Makati City (RP)

2004
Transient Body, Mag:net Gallery, Quezon City (solo)
Indistinct Conversations, Finale Gallery, Mandaluyong City (RP) (solo)
2nd ASIA ART NOW, Cheong-Ju Art Center Gallery, Cheong-Ju (ROK)
Cancelled Metaphors, The Art Center, Mandaluyong  City (RP)
Advanced Problems 101, Mag:net Gallery, Makati City (RP)
Building Bridges, Artists’ Compound, Quezon City (RP)

2003
Globo, The Philippine Center, New York City/New York (USA)
Under Construction, Artists’ Compound, Quezon City (RP)
Satellite, Cantin Plate Gallery, Artists’ Compound, Quezon City (RP)
Picture This, The Art Center, Mandaluyong City (RP)
People of the Republic versus Painting, Surrounded By Water, Quezon City (RP)
Choreograph Blast, Crowded House, Quezon City (RP)

2002
Video Programme 2002-Video Art from Asia, Nikolaj Contemporary Art Center, Copenhagen (DK)
The 4th Gwangju Biennale: Pause, Gwangju (ROK)
Rugged, Big Sky Mind, Quezon City (RP)
Conversation, The Art Center, Mandaluyong City (RP)
Whitewash, Ateneo Art Gallery, Ateneo de Manille, Quezon City (RP)

2001
Interruption, Video Show, Big Sky Mind, New Manila, Quezon City (RP)

2000
True Confessions: Words, Thoughts, Acts, The Art Center, Mandaluyong City (RP)
Paper Over, Ayala Museum, Makati City (RP)
Three Chairs, Big Sky Mind, New Manila, Quezon City (RP)