King of Babylon
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In Jed Gregorio’s “King of Babylon” the artist situates his performance-film of the same title within a new body of work that includes drawing, painting, photography, installation, scent, and personal effects, among others. This solo presentation is a continuation of the series “Frat”, which draws latent imagery and impulses from an anthology of poetry written by the artist between 2017 and 2019. “Frat” has since developed into a larger project spanning multiple exhibitions and programs that highlight Gregorio’s multidisciplinary broader practice. In this exhibition Gregorio presents a polyphonic, context-specific mise-en-scène that oscillates between the complex polarities of lamentation and leisure, historicity and myth, and formalism and meaning.
Jed Gregorio (b. 1990) is a Filipino artist who lives and works in Manila, Philippines. His broad artistic practice encompasses photography, filmmaking, installation, and performance. Often informed by themes of politics of religiosity, masculinity, and post-Internet art histories, Gregorio’s free-ranging poetics manifest as serial and anthological projects that span multiple platforms, exhibitions, and diffusions, each operating in a hermeneutical cosmology developed through hyperfictional and multimedia strategies — from discrete works in assemblage and sculptural installation, to spatially expansive milieu constructed with images, objects, sound, and light. Gregoriograduated with a Bachelor of Arts, Major in Communication, from the Ateneo de Manila University in 2011.