Yason Banal

With Pleasure / No Tears (A Knife and a Slice of the Plutocrat Life)

Four projectors, one hd tv, a slice of Manila Film Center maquette, Metropolitan Museum of Manila archival materials
2020

Artist’s Collection

Yason Banal (b. 1972) is an artist filmmaker who works with video and photography mediated by text and installations. He obtained a bachelor’s degree in Film at the University of the Philippines Diliman and his MFA in Fine Art at Goldsmiths—University of London. His works have been exhibited in cultural institutions both here and abroad, including the Tate, the Queens Museum of Art, and the Cultural Center of the Philippines. He is currently a faculty member of the University of the Philippines Film Institute.

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  • Overlapping videos, archival photographs, and other various objects make up the installation, With Pleasure/ No Tears (A Knife and a Slice of the Plutocrat Life). This work examines the extraordinary everyday of elite power and critiques their industrial and corporate mentality that inform and affect the material and cognitive poverty of others. It emphasizes that contemporary materiality is subjected to the aesthetic cues of power, which, in turn, are challenged by the resistant aesthetics of poverty calling for emancipation from oppressive systems defined by a culture of domination.

  • Overlapping videos, archival photographs, and other various objects make up the installation, With Pleasure/ No Tears (A Knife and a Slice of the Plutocrat Life). This work examines the extraordinary everyday of elite power and critiques their industrial and corporate mentality that inform and affect the material and cognitive poverty of others. It emphasizes that contemporary materiality is subjected to the aesthetic cues of power, which, in turn, are challenged by the resistant aesthetics of poverty calling for emancipation from oppressive systems defined by a culture of domination.

  • Overlapping videos, archival photographs, and other various objects make up the installation, With Pleasure/ No Tears (A Knife and a Slice of the Plutocrat Life). This work examines the extraordinary everyday of elite power and critiques their industrial and corporate mentality that inform and affect the material and cognitive poverty of others. It emphasizes that contemporary materiality is subjected to the aesthetic cues of power, which, in turn, are challenged by the resistant aesthetics of poverty calling for emancipation from oppressive systems defined by a culture of domination.

  • Overlapping videos, archival photographs, and other various objects make up the installation, With Pleasure/ No Tears (A Knife and a Slice of the Plutocrat Life). This work examines the extraordinary everyday of elite power and critiques their industrial and corporate mentality that inform and affect the material and cognitive poverty of others. It emphasizes that contemporary materiality is subjected to the aesthetic cues of power, which, in turn, are challenged by the resistant aesthetics of poverty calling for emancipation from oppressive systems defined by a culture of domination.