Cian Dayrit

b. 1989, Manila, Philippines
Lives and works in the Philippines

Cian Dayrit is an artist working in painting, sculpture, and installation. His interdisciplinary practice explores colonialism and ethnography, archaeology, history, and mythology. Dayrit subverts the language and workings of institutions such as the state, museums, and the military to understand and visualize the contradictions these platforms and formats are built upon.

His cartographic artworks, often materialized through embroidery, textile, and mixed media collages, plot the patterns of imperialism and feudalism in activities such as the extraction of natural resources and the displacement and exploitation of marginalized populations. At the same time, the works summon new imaginaries that recognize the overlapping struggles and periods of resistance. Through narratives that expose the inner-workings of imperial power, Dayrit’s work invites us to reconsider how we spatially perceive and interpret the world. While informed by the experience of colonialism from the perspective of the Philippines, Dayrit’s work nonetheless defies being tied to a specific position or location. Instead, his work and research cross over geopolitical and supranational bearings.

Cian studied at the University of the Philippines. His work has been featured in the Bangkok Art Biennale (2022); the Biennale of Sydney (2022), the Kathmandu Triennale (2022); Gwangju Biennale; Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art; Dhaka Art Summit, Bangladesh; New Museum Triennial ‘Songs for Sabotage’, New York; and Göteborg Biennial. Notable exhibitions include ‘Lonely Vectors’, Singapore Art Museum, Singapore (2022) and ‘The Elasticity of Resilience; Savvy Contemporary, Berlin (2022). In 2019, he was an artist in residence at Gasworks, London. Cian’s work was also nominated for The Sovereign Art Prize (2023).

Biography information from Nome Gallery and The Sovereign Art Foundation, May 2023

Country: Philippines
Social Media: @sayawciansayaw