Why do you take and create images?
As an artist, there’s no option not to create.
How do you define your photographic/artistic body of work? What subjects do you often explore in your work?
I’m fascinated with video installations and performance art. I install videos on spaces that are otherwise considered bane for artistic expression like storage rooms and comfort rooms. Usually, I project moving images with confused sounds and nuanced language on images that are seemed caught in flypapers.
What motivates your work?
I don’t know.
What relationship does your work have with reality?
My works try to exhibit the realization that the real desires which motivate our forefathers had already eclipsed mankind. On its stead are the simulated desires peddled by mass media, ferried through electronic and cybernetic constellations.
For you, what is the purpose of art?
I don’t know.
How do you want the public to respond to your work? Do you have a particular audience in mind?
I don’t have a particular audience in mind. Whatever people make of my work, the important thing is to create what I want, without the pressure of criticism.
What is your training? Were you trained as a photographer?
I was trained in painting. I started doing video and photographic works shortly before my thesis.
How do you define your actual professional situation? What are your expectations?
I create contemporary art in a city long egrossed in the tradition set by Martino Abellana. I’m part of a group that engages art formats that belie the conservative
orientation of Cabuano art. It’s really hard. Market-driven at hindi artist-centric ang mga gallery.
It’s hard to live off art. Does this affect you and your work?
Yes. Without art, it’s like sobrang horny mo na, gusto mo nang mag YouJizz pero walang internet connection.
Have you worked with gallerists, curators, institutions and other art professionals? Can you discuss more about this particular relationship?
Yes. I can liken this relationship to a studio – something that one ought to engage with and interrogate.
In your opinion, what is the current state of contemporary photography in the Philippines?
How do you want contemporary photography to develop in the Philippines?
More unapologetic works. More artists with confidence to destroy the medium itself.
Name: RV Sanchez
Location: Lives and works in Cebu City, Philippines
- 2008-2014 Bachelor of Fine Arts major in Painting University of San Carlos, Cebu City
Awards and recognition:
- 2014 Best in New Media, 16th Annual CAFA Design Awards & Exhibit
- 2014 Semi-finalist, MADE Painting Competition
- 2013 2nd Place, 3rd Cristobal Espina Art Awards
- 2013 3rd Place, Best in Painting, 15th CAFA Annual Design Awards and Exhibit 2012
- 2012 Finalist, 2ndCsristobalEspina Art Awards
- 2011 Finalist, 1st Cristobal Espina Art Awards
- 2009 3rd Place, Sculpture Category, PINTAL Art Awards
- 2014 PIEGE, Halad Museum, Cebu City, Philippines
- 2016 PULSES AND PAUSES, International Video Art Exchange Program, Marrakech, Morocco
- 2015 PISTI!, House of Frida, Bacolod City
- 2015 MALIGNANT FLUX, Qube Gallery, Cebu City
- 2014 COMMUNE, Creative Hub Gallery, University of San Carlos College of Architecture and Fine Arts, Cebu City
- 2014 LIFE FORCE, Gallery Orange, Bacolod City
- 2014 LOGOS, Alternative Contemporary Art Studio, Sacred Heart Parish, Cebu City
- 2014 UNANG HUNAT, Turtle’s Nest Gamayng Galeri, Cebu City
- 2014 4th CRISTOBAL ESPINA ART AWARDS AND EXHIBIT, CAP Art Center
- 2013 3rd CRISTOBAL ESPINA ART AWARDS AND EXHIBIT, Art Center, SM City Cebu
- 2013 TAHAS, Wawart Group, Persimmon, Mabolo, Cebu City
- 2012 SHORT BOND, USC-CAFA, Cebu City
- 2012 2nd CRISTOBAL ESPINA ART AWARDS AND EXHIBIT, Art Center, SM City Cebu
- 2011 SAWUM, Wawart Group, Bluewater Gallery, Lau-Lapu City
- 2011 1st CRISTOBAL ESPINA ART AWARDS AND EXHIBIT, Waterfront, Cebu City
- 2010 MINDWORKS, UPV Cebu College, Cebu City
- 2009 IDENTITY, Robinsons Mall, Tacloban City, Leyte
- 2009 MUGNA, Art Center, SM City Cebu
- 2008 TINDUG 848, Turtle’s Nest Gamayng Galeri, Cebu City