Collaging Identity: Poetics to "Un-One" the Filipino
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The Filipino identity is wrought with colonial and imperial encounters, with nationalisms, reclamations, and appropriations, with memory and history, and with precariousness. This project is an attempt to cohere the complexities of this identity, or at least understand its multiplicity, through the queer, aesthetic, and analytical framework of the collage. The collage offers an attentiveness to relationships, their quality, the visions released and generated from them, the act of construction, and the intention, lack of control, and/or violence implied in the act of assemblage. What is asserted in this lens is the precariousness of identity, the persistence of memorial and historical encounter, relational necessity, the generosity of ambiguity, and the embrace of the unsettled.