Why do you take and create images?
I take photos to pleasure myself
How do you define your photographic/artistic body of work? What subjects do you often explore in your work?
I started out as a documentary photographer and thru the years I’ve been experimenting with mixing documentary with fiction.
What motivates your work?
What relationship does your work have with reality?
Like i said my works are based on my thoughts, experiences or doubts that i personally go thru.
How do you want the public to respond to your work? Do you have a particular audience in mind?
I don’t really expect anything from the public. As long as they can interpret it their own way whether they like it or hate it, I’m happy! 🙂
What is your training? Were you trained as a photographer?
I never had formal photography training. I learned photography from my friends who have been really supportive all throughout my career.
How do you define your actual professional situation? What are your expectations?
I find being able to balance my professional photography from my personal photography really tricky. I think the key is to treat both practices as two different things. It’s always been a struggle of mine. Also finding the right people to work with is very important.
It’s hard to live off art. Does this affect you and your work?
I do shoot commercial work or do corporate shoots to pay the bills. I think being able to do art is still very important for my well-being.
Have you worked with gallerists, curators, institutions and other art professionals? Can you discuss more about this particular relationship?
I think collaboration is really an important experience for an artist. Also being able to share and learn from each other is really crucial for an artist’s development.
In your opinion, what is the current state of contemporary photography in the Philippines?
Future looks bright! A lot of young up and coming photographers with so much feels. Lavvvvveeeeeeet!
How do you want contemporary photography to develop in the Philippines?
I wish to see more photography works in gallery spaces.
Name: Geric Cruz
Lives in Manila, Philippines
Bachelors degree in Multimedia Arts, College of St. Benilde, Malate, Manila
2017 – “We are Young”; Obscura Photography Festival; Penang, Malaysia.
2017 – “We are Young”; Objectifs Gallery; Singapore.
2015 – “Phoenix”; James Makin Gallery. Victoria; Melbourne, Australia.
2015 – ” Faces of the Philippines” ; Pineapple Lab. Makati City, Philippines.
2015 – “PNOISE Festival ; Second Star to the right” ; Danselhallerne, Pasteurvej, Copenhagen, Denmark.
2015 – “In Transit” Group Show; Cultural Center of the Philippines. Manila, Philippines.
2015 – “You Are Here” Group show; Vinyl on Vinyl. Manila Philippines.
2015 – “Traces” Photography group show; Finale Art File. Manila, Philippines.
2015 – “Second Star to the Right”; Chiang Mai Photo Festival. Chiang Mai, Thailand.
2015 – “The Grid Gallery”; Century City Mall The Event Space. Manila, Philippines.
2015 – “Second Star to the Right” ; Gyeongju Arts Center. Gyung-buk Province. South Korea.
2015 – “Second Star to the Right”; Hanam Art Center. Gyeonggi Province. South Korea.
2015 – “Second Star to the Right”; Dongdaemun Design Plaza. ASEAN-Korea Multimedia Competition.” Lifestyle of ASEAN. Seoul, South Korea.
2014 – “Second Star to the Right”; China-ASEAN International Photo Festival of Baoshang Bank Cup; “Co-construct the 21st Century ‘Maritime Silk Road Exhibition”. Nanning, China
2014 – “Second Star to the Right” ; Xishuangbanna Foto Festival. Jinhong City (Yunan Province), China.
2013 – “2013 Young Artist Program” Alternative Space-Loop Gallery. Seoul, South Korea.
2013 – “Second Star to the Right” Delhi Photo Festival 2013, India Habitat Centre New Delhi, India.
2013 – “Second Star to the Right” Siemens Gallery Casa San Miguel, Zambales, Philippines.
2012 – “P+ IPA Filipino Showcase” IPA Gallery. Singapore.
2012 – “Untitled Photographs” Bliss on Bliss Studio. New York, USA.
2011 – “Beyond Humanism; Where I End and You Begin”. Alternative Space-Loop Gallery. Seoul, South Korea.
2011 – “Reading Through Art, Imagery Diary; Where I End and You Begin”. Hello Museum. Seoul, South Korea.
2011 – “Where I End And You Begin” Fred’s Revolucion Cubao X. Quezon City, Philippines
2011 – “The Future Image; Where I End and You Begin” Palais De Seoul Gallery. South, South Korea.