Renegotiations in Self-Determination: Being In-Between (2020)
The project ‘Renegotiations in Self-Determination: Being In-Between’ aims on contextualising the impact of colonialism and globalisation
in portraying the ‘state-of-being’ of (undocumented) Oversea Filipino
Workers in Barcelona. The attempt of creating artificiality: the paradox process of constructing intimacy (The Colour of Truth: Documentarism in the Artistic Field, Hito Steyerl), descriptions of Marx’s
theory of alienation from the self as a consequence of capitalistic
fetishisms of endless growth and optimised production mechanisms.
Finding patterns and structures in capturing the ‘Choreographies of Labo(u)r’ in the very specificity of precise actions and body movements
of oversea workers in their field of execution. Thus creating juxtapositions of diverse acts of mechanical and soft gesticulations that can be
translated into a performative act: causing a double bind — the intimate tie between behaviour and communication — in the collective
minds that transpose methodologies of violence and exploitation into
the actuality and climate of daily life. Narratives of individuals accepting deprivation for the sake of economic improvement and delusive
abundance. Their migration experience shapes and fragments their ‘identity’*, self-determination and self-construction, which elevates
the importance of their (des)integration in society in the format of
coexistence, cooperation and collaboration.
Dispersed in the city of Barcelona, ‘Renegotiations in Self-Determination: Being In-Between’ is an analysis and a series of encounters with OFWs,
historiographical references, cultural agents, and institutions.