Queen of the Carabao (video stills), 2018
Installation photography by Simon Hewson
Courtesy of Art Month Sydney

Queen of the Carabao
2-channel digital video, colour, sound
30:00 mins

Audio: Joshua Icban

Queen of the Carabao explores the idea of homecoming and cultural memory through the aesthetics of absence, trauma and melancholy, by interrogating notions of cultural displacement and ambiguity due to colonialism.

This video work was filmed in Garcia’s father’s ancestral lands, in Pampanga (Philippines) and takes inspiration from Lav Diaz, a Filipino filmmaker and key member of the slow cinema movement, and karaoke culture.

This work was supported by the CreateNSW Rapid Response Grant