Kiri Dalena

Kiri Dalena is a visual artist and filmmaker known for her works that lay bare the social inequalities and injustices that continue to exist, particularly in the Philippines. Her active involvement in the mass struggle to uphold human rights amidst state persecution is the foundation for her art practice, which underscores the relevance of protest and civil disobedience in contemporary society.

Portrait of Kiri Dalena

Portrait of Kiri Dalena, 2020, photo: Kimberly de la Cruz

Dalena works both as an individual and in collectives, such as Southern Tagalog Exposure (active 2001–2008) and RESBAK (Respond and Break the Silence Against the Killings, 2016–present). She studied Human Ecology at the University of the Philippines Los Baños and 16mm Documentary Filmmaking at the Mowelfund Film Institute. Dalena has been an activist since her student days at the University and remains a member at large of KARAPATAN, a national alliance of human rights organizations, desks and individual advocates working for the promotion and protection of human rights in the Philippines. Her works have been shown in multiple exhibitions internationally, such as the Berlin Biennale (2020), Manila Biennale (2018), Shanghai Biennale (2018), Jakarta Biennale (2017), Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (2015), Fukuoka Asian Art Trienniale (2014), and Singapore Biennale (2013).

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