Cian Dayrit (b. 1989, Manila, Philippines) is a visual artist who works in painting, sculpture, and installation. His practice explores how art can render the concealed visible, and the ways artists can challenge cultures of extraction. Dayrit has said that “One must develop a deeper connection to human experiences and recognise the material conditions that dictate these narratives,” and his work, informed by the experience of colonialism from the perspective of the Philippines, involves counter cartography, revising historical and political narratives, and excavating ancient mythologies. He has participated in numerous biennales and exhibitions around the world.
Tree of Life in the state of decay and rebirth, 2019
Cian Dayrit’s embroidered textile work depicts a tree of life that uses words such as “imperialism,” “capitalism,” “resistance,” “cheap labor,” “ecological degradation” and “neoliberal education” to weave together histories of oppression with contemporary politics. In the struggle against systematic oppression, Dayrit uses art as a call to action and his works present powerful representations of ongoing resistance movements.
A detail from an installation photo of Cian Dayrit’s Tree of Life in the state of decay and rebirth (2019). Embroidery on textile 190,5 x 165 cm. Courtesy of NOME Gallery, Berlin and the practitioner.
An overview photo of Nina Canell’s Tug (2021) courtesy of the practitioner and Cian Dayrit’s Tree of Life in the state of decay and rebirth (2019). Embroidery on textile 190,5 x 165 cm. Courtesy of NOME Gallery, Berlin and the practitioner.