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Social Fabric | Karl Castro

3 November 2016 - 25 November 2016

In Social Fabric, Castro gathers digitally mediated images of everyday erotic life and translates them as beaded tapestries. Focusing on the seeming ordinariness and ubiquity of these images, Castro draws our attention to the politics of the body, labor, pleasure, and class. The artist references the traditional technique of weaving and beadwork to evoke both tradition and transition, utility and decoration, handcraft and digital labor, as well as exchanges across time and space. Social Fabric convenes textile, image, body, and machine to intimate aspects of the history of material production and political economy.

Karl Castro (b. 1986) studied Visual Arts from the Philippine High School for the Arts and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Film and Audiovisual Communications from the University of the Philippines, Diliman. As a designer, As a designer, he has worked on poster designs for independent films, and book designs for scholarly and cultural publications. In 2016, Castro’s designs were exhibited at the Ayala Museum titled Secret Lives of Books. As an intermedia artist, he is keen on working with painting, photography, and weaving. His first solo exhibition titled Two Things was held in 2014 at Silverlens.

Source: Vargas Museum Website


3 November 2016
25 November 2016
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Jorge B. Vargas Museum
Roxas Avenue, University of the Philippines, Diliman
Quezon City, Philippines
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