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Lucy Raven: Internal Properties of the Earth

Bellas Artes Outpost
2/F The Alley at Karrivin
2316 Chino Roces Ave, Makati

This event is open and free to the public.

"Internal Properties of the Earth" is American artist Lucy Raven’s first solo exhibition in Asia curated by former BAP Artistic Director Diana Campbell Betancourt. The exhibition presents ten years of work that stem from Raven’s longstanding exploration of the American landscape through its analog and wireless connections to global networks of labor and material extraction and exchange across China, India, the Philippines, and the United States.

The exhibition debuts a new photographic series Fire and Mud (2018-2019), drawing inspiration from the 1991 volcanic eruption of Mt. Pinatubo and the subsequent evacuation of the nearby Clark Air Force Base, to examine the ongoing effects of American colonialism in the country. Raven’s photographs, produced as part of an ongoing film project developed over the last two years as part of her residency in Bataan, is a study into material phase changes from liquid to solid and back again, as a means to explore the larger implications and effects of state change.

About the Artist
Born in Tucson, Arizona (USA) in 1977, Lucy Raven received a BFA in studio art and a BA in art history from the University of Arizona, Tucson (2000), and an MFA from Bard College’s Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York (2008). Primarily grounded in animation and the moving image, Raven’s multidisciplinary practice also incorporates still photography, installation, sound, and performative lecture. Her work deploys image-making processes used in twenty-first-century filmmaking, which often hide the underlying labor in order to investigate the impact of industrial systems and technology within a global infrastructure. Her works can be found in the permanent collections of Tate Modern, the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney, and the Guggenheim.