Judy Freya Sibayan

b. 1953, Philippines
Lives and works in Manila, Philippines

For nearly 30 years, conceptual artist Judy Freya Sibayan has produced self-instituted parodic (auto-critical) works as her modality of Institutional Critique. Former director of the erstwhile Contemporary Art Museum of the Philippines, she curated, performed and wore daily the Scapular Gallery Nomad from 1994, 1997 to 2002. Since 2002, she has been the curator of the Museum of Mental Objects (MoMO), a performance art museum for life. In 2012, she started franchising the museum for free with the use of the DIY MoMO Manual, accessed online by anyone who wishes to become a MoMO.

Her autobiography, ‘The Hypertext of HerMe(s)’, an e-book, was published by KT Press in 2014 with a grant from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. She is co-founding editor and publisher of the online Ctrl+P Journal of Contemporary Art, which took part in the Documenta 12 Magazines Project.

In her more than four decades of art practice, Sibayan has exhibited in museums and galleries worldwide and has participated in three international biennales: 1986 Third Asian Art Biennale Bangladesh, 2002 Gwangju Biennale and 2019 Singapore Biennale. She received her MFA from Otis Art Institute of Parsons School of Design and holds a Doctor of Fine Arts degree from De La Salle University where she taught for 30 years.


Country: Philippines
Social Media: @judyfreyasibayan