Filipino artist Renz Baluyot received his BFA from the University of the Philippines, Diliman. His work explores socio-political narratives that center on urban decay and illustrate the disintegration of the environment and society as effects of imposed oppressive political and economic power.
Renz’s long-term residency occurred throughout 2018.
Renz’s paintings are often drawn from his photographs of varying locations and resources that reference images and subjects on themes of migrations, wars, territorial conflicts, colonization, among others. During his residency, Renz became interested in the history of Bataan’s fishing industry. A mostly coastal region, Bataan is home to thousands of fishermen who originated a unique craft of net and fishtrap making which has produced a variety of net types that responds to specific needs and uses. The encroachment of Chinese vessels on the West Philippine Sea has greatly impacted and threatened the livelihoods of the fishermen.
Renz met with a few fishermen and accompanied them on a day’s fishing expedition. He also procured nets from the town market to study its form and technique. More interested in the personal stories and histories of the fishermen, Renz also considers the youth or apprentices who will one day become fishermen themselves. He visited Balanga Elementary School where most fishermen’s children attend. This experience and research will perhaps inform an output from the residency.
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