"Art is in everyday living, reflecting on the personal experience and translated into a visual language. Art is my Country"
Practicing Contemporary Artist, Assistant Professor of Contemporary Drawing & Painting, Faculty of Art, OCAD University.
Julius Poncelet Manapul was born in Manila, Philippines in 1980 and immigrated to Toronto, Canada in 1990. He attained his Bachelors of Fine Arts in 2009 from the Ontario College of Art and Design University. He completed a one-year residency in Paris, France from 2009 to 2010 and earned a Professional Art Studio certificate from the Toronto School of Art in 2010-2011. Julius completed his Masters of Visual Studies at University of Toronto in 2013, along with his Sexual Diversity Studies Certificate from University of Toronto. His work had been presented at Koffler Gallery (2016), University of Waterloo Gallery, A Space Gallery, the Art Gallery of Ontario (2017), and had shown works in London-UK, Paris-France, Berlin-Germany, and US.
A migrant Filipino artist from the Ilocano tribe, with Spanish heritage, Julius is a descendant of Maria Josefa Gabriela Carino de Silang, known as an anti-colonial fighter during the 18th century Spanish rule over the Philippines, the first female leader of a Filipino movement for independence from Spain.
Julius’ work and research address eternal displacement through themes of colonialism, sexual identity, diasporic bodies, global identity construction, and the Eurocentric Western hegemony. It focuses on the hybrid nature of Filipino culture after colonialism and the gaze of queer identities as taxonomy. Hybrid images question the problematic side of queer communities that uphold homonormativity through whitewashing and internalized racism, which challenge forms of oppression.
Excavating their experience of immigration and assimilation through cultural erasure. Their research looks at the narratives for many diasporic queer bodies that create an unattainable imagined space of lost countries and domestic belongings through colonial pedagogy of knowledge and globalized imperial power that begs the questions: What is sacred? What is worshiped or held up as perfect? What is masculine? Who decides? and who has the pow
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