The two textile works serve as counter-maps depicting the Central Luzon and Cordillera regions of the Philippines. Here the struggles of peasants and Indigenous peoples are foregrounded against plotted areas of extractive industries and imperialist plunder. Dayrit’s textile counter-maps subvert the material culture of European feudal tapestries that depict private property and territorial claims. Those early tapestries celebrated and justi fed land grabbing and the exploitation of resources. In collaboration with embroiderer Henry Caceres, activist researchers, and peoples’ organisations, Dayrit’s textile maps are tools for solidarity and collective resistance, meant to bring di ferent worlds together in ways that advance human rights, as well as social and environmental justice.
The tapestries are developed based on a collection of hand-drawn counter-maps made by di ferent peasant and Indigenous community members during workshops that took place in the two regions to visualise collective struggles and resistance. A similar workshop was done remotely for Kathmandu Triennale 2077. Outputs from that workshop are presented here as well.
The artist's participation is made possible with support from the Saraf Foundation Grant.