In their artistic exploration, Joshua Serafin deals with the social, psychological and physical fractures caused by colonialism and imperialism. For the work “PEARLS”, the multi-media artist gets their inspiration by the nonnormative genders celebrated in the precolonial Philippines. Together with the artists Lukresia Quismundo and Bunny Cadag, Serafin sheds the imposed gender binary they have inherited from colonial culture and goes in search of the spiritual roots of Philippine society.
With a look to colonial history, the three performers negotiate their diverse gender existence as an idea about an alternative blueprint for the future. “Pearls” thus becomes a healing exercise that offers space for experiences of queer, transgender people of color and is able to transform painful, dark histories into something beautiful: similar to pearls, which are formed from shells by abrasive particles.
“PEARLS” is the last part of the trilogy “Cosmological Gangbang”.
The second part, “VOID”, was shown at Haus der Kulturen der Welt in June 2023.