Cian Dayrit ’08 at Frieze London

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The works of Cian Dayrit ’08 were recently featured at the Frieze London Art Fair 2019.

Cian Dayrit, a 30-year-old Filipino multimedia artist, also tackled contemporary themes in his works, using embroidery to comment on colonialism and its present day legacies.

He created idealist political messages and maps of modern cities with textiles and colorful threads, based on archival photographs of Filipinos taken in the early 19th century by an American settler.

“This whole aspirational project of development and the future is actually depossessing marginalized communities,” he said, regarding his motives behind the works.

“The intervention is also exposing the ills of the neo-colonial present.”

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