Kiri Dalena

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Kiri Dalena (b.1975) is an acclaimed visual artist and filmmaker known internationally for her works that lay bare the social inequalities and injustices that continue to persist, particularly in the Philippines. Her active involvement in the mass struggle to uphold human rights amidst state persecution is the foundation for her art practice that underscores the relevance of protest and civil disobedience in contemporary society.

Dalena’s works are both documentation and critical commentary on historical and current state of national political affairs. “Erased Slogans” (2008-today) for instance, is a series of digitally-manipulated scanned photographs documenting the numerous demonstrations during the Martial Law era under then Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos in the 1970s.  Deleting all the text that has been previously written in the placards, the artist encapsulates the magnitude of government suppression carried out under the military regime. “Red Saga” (2004), originally captured in film, recounts the intense armed hostility towards radical individuals and serves as a call for sustained uprising. Meanwhile, “Requiem for M” (2010) tackles one the most brutal murder of journalists in the world – the Maguindanao Massacre – and the culture of impunity that plagues the Philippines.

Dalena’s films have been screened in numerous international film festivals, exemplry of which is Tungkung Langit (Lullabye for a Storm) (2012) – a three-channel video chronicle of two orphaned children coping with the aftermath of a typhoon that devastated Mindanao (southern region of the Philippines) in 2011. The film has been shown in Visions du Reel (SW, 2014), Naqsh Short Film Festival (BH, 2014) and in the Sharjah Biennale 11 Film Program (AE, 2013), among others.

Kiri Dalena graduated from the University of the Philippines-Los Baños with an undergraduate degree in Human Ecology, and pursued further studies in 16mm documentary filmmaking at the Mowefund Film Institute. She has participated in several group exhibitions at UP Vargas Museum (Manila/PH), Ateneo Art Gallery (Manila/PH), Lopez Memorial Museum (Manila/PH), Museum of Contemporary Art & Design (Manila/PH), Cultural Center of the Philippines (Manila/PH) and Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo (JP), among others. A recipient of the CCP 13 Artists Award (Manila/PH, 2012) and Ateneo Art Awards (Manila/PH, 2009), Dalena has also been featured in several international art events such as the Singapore Biennale (2013), Yokohama Triennale (Yokohama/JP, 2014), Fukuoka Asian Art Triennale (Fukuoka/JP, 2014), and the Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (Brisbane/AU, 2015). The artist has been invited to be part of the 2016 Busan Biennale. Her works are currently in the permanent collections of the Singapore Art Museum, Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art, and the Ateneo Art Gallery.

Kiri Dalena was born in Manila in 1975. She lives and works in Manila and Mindanao, Philippines.

Featured Short Films

Tungkung Langit (2012)

Film type: DOCUMENTARY

Role

Director

Cinematographer

John Javellana

Synopsis

A three-channel video chronicle of two orphaned children coping with the aftermath of a typhoon that devastated Mindanao (southern region of the Philippines) in 2011

Memorial for Filipino Journalists (2011)

Film type: DOCUMENTARY

Role

Director

Synopsis

A particularly moving and poignant piece that covers 15 years of journalist murders and the lives that were broken.

Requiem for M (2010)

Film type: DOCUMENTARY

Role

Director

Synopsis

Requiem for M is an experimental short documentary in the aftermath of the Maguindanao massacre in which multiple journalists were slain. Dalena captured scenes from the funerals and played this in reverse, in the wistful yearning to turn back time to before the tragedy occurred.

Red Saga (2004)

SHORT DOCUMENTARY

Role

Director

Synopsis

Children of the land faithfully guard the last harvest from thieves. This poetic film offers a glimpse into the passion and pain of the people’s protracted war in the Philippine countrysides–the red saga.

Full-Length/Documentary/Short Films

Ang Kababaihan ng Malolos (2014)

Film type: FULL LENGTH

Producer

Nicanor Tiongson

Women of Malolos Foundation

Screenplay

Nicanor Tiongson

Synopsis

A film about the young women of Malolos fghting for the right for knowledge and our national hero Jose Rizal supporting the cause.

 

Cast

Jervis Adriano
Albert Aguilar
Zee Capacete
Carlos Celdran
Hazel Faith Dela Cruz
Bong Enriquez
Karl Medina
Genevieve Reyes
Bem Sabanal
Samantha Nicole Santiago
Jane Valderama

Role

Co-Director

Production House

Kino Arts Production

The Guerilla is A Poet (2013)

Film type: FULL LENGTH

Screenplay:

Ericson Acosta

Producer

CineFilipino

Synopsis

The tale of an activist’s journey during the turbulent years of Martial Law, until his capture in the mountains and the dark, nine years of imprisonment that followed, leading to his birth as a poet

 

Cast

Anthony Falcon
Bong Cabrera
RK Bagatsing
Chanel Latorre
Lehner Mendoza
Lui Manansala
Marcus Madrigal
Jess Evardone
Chrome Prince Cosio
Bernard Laxa
Willie Nepomuceno
Jao Mapa
Raymond Bagatsing
Angeli Bayani
Karl Medina

Role

Co-Director

Production House

Kino Arts Production

Awards

2013 Cinefilipino Film Festival | Jury Prize Best Actor, Jury Prize Best Editing, Jury Prize Best Musical Score

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