b. 1978, lives and works in Manila

The city is a maze of bewildering codes where space as social engineering traps the flow of consciousness into cogs of production and consumption.  Taking a glimpse away from these low corridors of controlled perspective, towards the horizon and above, we witness monolithic but mute structures of commercial culture marring the otherwise distant background: communication antennas, shop signage, billboards, electrical poles and wires tearing the sky.  To this effect, the artist MM Yu aims for these things to be “pushed out of the (picture) plane,” as if reclaiming nature back from the artifice of culture.  These industrial altars function as placeholder for signs that might never appear. Yu creates an index of the capitalist sublime within the urban experience of Manila. One of Yu’s projects involves a photographic series of tourist spots in the Philippines – complete with tourist, which seals the drive for the exotic and the intensification of experience.  This is a feeling of privilege and status, shared by a few but pretends to be universal.  Another project involves a photographic essay of chance encounters as the artist journeys from one place to another.  This entails documentation of random people and events as a way of reclaiming experience and identification in an otherwise meaningless existence.

MM Yu received her BFA (major in Painting) from the University of the Philippines College of Fine Arts in 2001. She was a recipient of the CCP Thirteen Artists Award in 2009 and the Ateneo Art Awards-Common Room Bandung Residency Grant in 2007. Yu has participated in the Big Sky Mind’s 18th Avenue Artist Compound Residency in 2003 and in numerous group exhibitions since 1998.

Thoughts Collected, Recollected

from Standstill series

from Standstill series

from Standstill series

more of her works here

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