Poklong Anading – Galerie Zimmermann Kratochwill, Graz
Born 1975 in Manila, Philippines
Poklong Anading was once described as "an alchemist of the ordinary" and I have not found a better term so far. A respective body of his works relies on the discarded, unwanted object or — in a more human reference — on the irrational, from force of circumstances or inconsiderate behaviour.
What he does is tell stories or conduct those within the field of media that is offered to a conceptual artist in this era; material and technique compliments sound and image, and the recipient or participant, respectively, is incorporated in the concept. Following the invitation to participate — and even if it is by observation only — leads to a notional world without gravity, without borders.
It is not about defining the function of art, but art as social media provides the possibility to portray unconventional cohesions and creates utopias — not necessarily based on scientific backgrounds but on personal observation or fiction. I might claim that (the majority of) contemporary artists express contemporary issues.