Skin Codes: Filipino Diaspora
Skin Codes: Filipino Diaspora is a two-part book which explores the identity of the Philippines and Filipino-/Americans and expresses its history as an American colony and the voices of contemporary artists and creatives through typography and imagery.
The do-si-do bookbinding allows each narrative a platform of its own while merging them into one book.
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Publication:Art in Book Form by Sendpoints
After centuries of the Spanish colony in the Philippines, the United States took over for about 50 years. This establishment played a major role in the formation of the Filipino identity, including implementing English to be written and read in books. Due to this relationship, Filipinos were allowed to come to the United States but they were neither citizens nor foreigners — they were nationals. Part I discusses the obstacles and struggles of Filipinos both in the Philippines and in the United States.
Although Filipinos make up one of the largest group of immigrants in the United States today, they are considered the "invisible community." The second part of the book introduces the "colonial mentality" and contains stories about Filipino-Americans and their identities.
Inspired by the image treatment from Part I, this installation consists of an interactive, pain-shredding device prescribed to oppressed humans who need an escape from prejudice.