Click here to buy the prints; they can be framed and delivered anywhere in the world. This limited edition of prints was created to raise funds to support the work of the artist and non-profit Pintô International, in collaboration with online art platform Alpha'a. Aliens of Manila is an artistic series started in 2014 by Filipino multidisciplinary artist Leeroy New, that re-appropriates the archetypal New York street-style photography by referencing the series Humans of New York. With the series, the artist takes on the themes of immigration, integration and cultural displacement - profoundly informed by his own familial experience, and does so in a playful yet thought-provoking way.
As an extension of the exhibition at Pintô International, an immersive and psychedelic installation, the artist, his friends, and local collaborators donned the wearable sculptures in public as a kind of “material conduit” between the artist and the environment; the limited edition prints below are a testament to these close encounters...
The titles of the artworks and names of the "aliens" refer to pre-colonial mythological character, spelled with a sci-like twist; for example: M’buyan from Mebuyan is a multi-breasted goddess from the Southern Philippines; Tuglibong, Mebuyan, Lumabat are deities in the Bagobo mythology; Bay’Lhan from Babaylan is a queer priestesses from pre-colonial Philippines.
Titles, in order:
1. Lu M’bhat
2. Ma. Buhyan Journeys to the Afterlife
3. Ma. Buhyan’s Harvest
4. Lu M’bhat at the Edge of the World
5. Tug-Li Bong Arguing with Sky
6. Bay’Lhan Astral Projects to Chinatown
7. Ma. Buhyan Crossing the Horizon
8. Venus of Jackson Heights
9. Ma. Buhyan has had Enough
10. “Where am We?” -Bay’Lhan
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