Joshua Serafin

b. 1995, Philippines
Lives and works in Brussels, Belgium

Joshua Serafin is a multi-disciplinary artist who combines dance, performance, visual arts, film, and choreography. They are a graduate of the Philippine High School for the Arts where they majored in Theatre Arts. They studied at Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts majoring in contemporary dance, then graduated from P.A.R.T.S. in 2019 and gained their Bachelors in Performance from KASK in 2021. Serafin graduated with their MA in Fine Arts in Visual Arts in KASK School of the Arts in 2022 with great distinction and their MA work has won the award Horlait-Dapsens Prij 2022. In 2023 they were nominated for the Anti Festival Live Arts Prize in Finland. Serafin is a house artist in Viernulvier in Ghent from 2023-2027.

Serafin has collaborated with multiple artists in Asia and Europe ranging from performance to visual arts, such as Arco Renz, Eisa Jocson, Manuel Pelmus, Ming Wong, Adrian Wong, Choy Ka Fai, Leeroy New, Korakrit Arunanondchai, TG Stan Company, Damien Jalet, and Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker. They have presented their work at different festivals such as Deltebre Dansa (Spain), Queer Zagreb (Croatia), Centre National de la Danse Paris, Wing Platform Hong Kong, Bouge B Festival at deSingel Arts Centre (Belgium), Meteor Festival (Bergen, Norway), Night Shift in Ostend (Belgium), Taipei Performing Arts Center, Theater Rotterdam (Netherlands), Dampfzentrale Tanz (Bern, Switzerland), and Esplanade (Singapore). They have exhibited their work in museums such as Tai Kwun Contemporary (Hong Kong), and Haus der Kulturen der Welt (Berlin). Serafin is currently touring their works, including ‘MISS’ and ‘VOID’ films, ‘VOID’ live performance, ‘Creation Paradigm’ film, and they are developing their next theatre performance ‘PEARLS’.

Their works deal with questions about identity, transmigration, queer politics and representation, states of being, and ways of inhabiting the body. Their cosmology of works creates new forms of rituals and embodiment, based on queer ecologies. Serafin’s work as a maker, performer, and dancer has been recently internationally acclaimed as they actively show and tour their work across the contemporary art scenes of Europe and in festivals in East Asia. Whether performing on stage, inside the museum, or through video and photography, Serafin’s artistic process is an intense sociological exorcism of Filipino identity in relation to global ideologies; unpacking the historical violence of its feudal contemporary society and its dehumanising normality.

BIOGRAPHY INFORMATION FROM THE ARTIST’S WEBSITE, FEBRUARY 2024.

Country: Philippines
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