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Pazifik - Leipzig

In collaboration with LIA (Leipzig International Art Programme) the Goethe-Institute offers artists from Southeast Asia a three-month residency at the Art and Culture Centre Leipziger Baumwollspinnerei. At the beginning of the 20th century the Baumwollspinnerei (cotton mill) was the site of Europe’s largest processing centre for cotton, today it houses the cultural centre for one of the most exciting places for the production and exhibition of contemporary art and culture in Europe.

Pazifik - Leipzig

Cris Mora

He was born in Manila in 1984 and moved to Toronto at the ageof four. Mora studied painting, drawing, printmaking and photography at the University of Western Ontario in Canada. In addition to his art practice, Mora is also an experienced cultural worker. He has worked as a registrar for Newzones Gallery, a commercial gallery in Canada; the exhibition designer for the Singapore Tyler Print Institute; and as an estimator for Momart, a London based Art-Logistics Company. Mora has exhibited in Canada, Singapore and the Philippines. He currently lives and works in Manila, where he went on a personal as well as cultural research to explore the “Filipino experience” and learn to understand why his parents emigrated to Canada from there. His research is also about understanding the “collective trauma” of many Filippinos, who are confronted with problems such as corruption, state violence and urban decline, which is an important reason for the exodus from the country. Cris Mora mainly uses found materials in his work, which are often charged with socio-political importance. In addition to the topic of the “Filipino experience”, he deals with hybrid identities, reflecting his own multicultural background, which also has German roots: his grandfather named Fritz Falek once emigrated to the Philippines and married a local there. Cris hopes to develop an understanding of German material culture. He plans to merge Filipino and German objects, textiles and detritus into sculptures, assemblages and installations as a way to giving form to his genealogical research and this exploration of hybridity.