“As it stands presently, queer and transgender folk are born into the confines of the grid’s rule, with little to no choice but to navigate its structures. But they weave themselves into the grid’s corners, in and across its spaces, like roots and vines spreading about. They do this as those who govern and perpetuate the grid insist upon positioning them as chess pieces square within the center of each box, straightly lined up. And much like roots and vines, the grid begins to stretch and bend to the rhythm and movement of the path and growth of queer and transgender folk. Some forms are retained, but the entanglement becomes more prominent. They bend and break the grid into shapes and modes it could not have imagined. Shapes and forms that have always been, and just overlooked and ignored by the grid in its self-absorption. And the grid finds its structures transformed by the power of self-forming and self-direction that is innate to transgendering.”
[𝘦𝘹𝘤𝘦𝘳𝘱𝘵 𝘖𝘯 𝘛𝘳𝘢𝘯𝘴𝘨𝘦𝘯𝘥𝘦𝘳𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘎𝘳𝘪𝘥 𝘸𝘳𝘪𝘵𝘵𝘦𝘯 𝘣𝘺 𝘎𝘢𝘣𝘳𝘪𝘦𝘭𝘭𝘦 𝘎𝘢𝘵𝘤𝘩𝘢𝘭𝘪𝘢𝘯]
About the Artist
𝑱𝒂𝒐 𝑺𝒂𝒏 𝑷𝒆𝒅𝒓𝒐 is a visual artist and interdisciplinary designer based in Manila, Philippines. Her work is an inquiry into the body within the context of space, identity, form, and structure. In her entwined process of meditation and making, she attempts to disrupt the binary that limits and informs our preconceptions of physicality and being. She interweaves fiber, textiles, pattern, and repetition to form a systematized language and concretize the abstract.
Join us on November 28 as we open this new exhibition by Jao San Pedro. Going live online at thedenmanila.com and in our space in Escolta.