lani-maestro

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“What is filipino? What the hell is that? It’s like what the hell is Canadian? […] I’ve come to a position where I’m interested in ‘non-identity’, or the idea of 'non-recognition’ as a way of coming to terms with identity. I think it’s a way of relinquishing a name or an identification, and in a way that gives me more freedom. But of course, I am everything of where I came from. […] Because when you say a Filipino identity, there’s an assumption of what that is or what that looks like, and as an all encompassing thing, I don’t know what that looks like. I feel what I do, is that.”  

- Lani Maestro 

A talk presented on October 20, 2010 at Emily Car University of Art and Design in conjunction with her rain, an installation shown at Centre A in Vancouver BC.