Renan Laru-an (Philippines) is a researcher, a curator and the Public Engagement and Artistic Formation Coordinator of the Philippine Contemporary Art Network. In his research-oriented curatorial work, Renan studies ‘insufficient’ and ‘subtracted’ images and subjects at the juncture of development and integration projects through long-term inquiries, such as Herding Islands, Rats, and the Anthropocene (2015), Lightning Studies: Centre for the Translation of Constraints, Conflicts, and Contaminations (CTCCCs) (2016), The Artist and the Social Dreamer (2017), and Promising Arrivals, Violent Departures (2018).

Whilst in-residence at Delfina Foundation, Renan aims to continue his research on the image production of development, educational institutions, and scientific organisations on food production. He is keen to complicate this study by looking into London-based archives related to nutrition. His essay Potential-performance: Short histories of foreclosure (2016) commissioned by Green Lantern Press on the image production of the International Rice Research Institute will be a progenitor of a new writing commitment.

Renan has (co-)curated a number of festivals and exhibitions, including the 8th OK.Video – Indonesia Media Arts Festival, Jakarta (2017); A Tripoli Agreement, Sharjah (2018); and the forthcoming Motions of this Kind, London (2019). Between 2012 and 2015, he directed the self-organised, multidisciplinary platform and ‘virtual’ organisation DiscLab | Research and Criticism. He is one of the curators of the Singapore Biennale 2019: Every Step in the Right Direction.

With support from

Mercedes Zobel

Delfina Foundation’s Network of Asia-Pacific Patrons


Spring 2019


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