Cian Dayrit

Born 1989 in Manila, Philippines
Lives in Rizal, Philippines

Cian Dayrit’s work investigates notions of power and identity as they are represented and reproduced in monuments, museums, maps and other institutionalised media. The works often respond to different marginalised communities, encouraging a critical reflection on colonial and privileged perspectives. His projects, which combine archival references, protest imagery and grassroots counter-mapping, show how empires scored out the maps of the modern world, how its aftermath perpetuates industrial development, and how alternative territories might be imagined from the ground up. Informed by the experience of colonialism from the perspective of the Philippines, Dayrit’s work nonetheless resists being fixed to a specific position or location.