Rhanjell Villanueva

(he, him)

Maharlika | Ang Mamatay Ng Dahil Sa’yo (To Die For You)

Maharlika
HD single channel video installation with sound
infinite loop

Ang Mamatay Ng Dahil Sa’yo (To Die For You)
3 Digital Images
59.7 x 105.9 cm each

Rhanjell Villanueva

(he, him)

Rhanjell Villanueva is an emerging Meanjin-based (Brisbane) Filipino artist whose practice critically analyses the traditional Filipino culture against the language and values of western societies. In response to his upbringing, his practice traverses the multitude and intricacies of cultural identity by unraveling post-colonial patterns and cultural conflict. Working across media including sculpture, moving image, and video installation, Rhanjell materialises deep transcultural knowledge and narratives rooted from oppression and the feeling of displacement. The resulting works focus on decolonising the eye, demonstrating the subjectivity of ‘foreign in a domestic sense’ towards the metaphysics of Filipino Futurism. By sharing tales of the diaspora, Rhanjell aims to engage with other people of colour by urging them to consider what they can become, beyond what they are expected to be.