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Tandaan si Basilio

2021

altered book: gouache, acrylic, hemp cord, found objects

9" x 12” x 1-1/2"

Remember Basilio, the Igorot chief who climbed a 50-foot pole in 20 seconds on August 13, 1904—one of the World's Fair "Anthropology Days." He subsequently died of pneumonia, leaving behind his wife and their daughter at the fair. I alter books as a commentary on narratives that have historically been erased.

Collection: Artifacts of Empire

Intertextual

Fermin, Jose D., 1904 World's Fair: The Filipino Experience, 2006

Fuentes, Marlon, Bontoc Eulogy, 1995

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