The Triumph


In July 2016, in Manila, Michael Siaron was shot dead by two people riding a motorcycle. Few minutes later, a photojournalist captured her partner holding his corpse. Because of its dramatism and its accurate reflection of a bloody and illegal campaign against drug users, the image was widely portrayed in the world media as the Filipino “Pietà”.

Based on this photograph, a 2D B&W negative was extracted and reinterpreted as a 3D sculpture. The Triumph of Death over Life is also the name of a 1890 Jose Rizal's clay sculpture, evoking the popular trope of darkness gaining the upper hand.

This work was developed after a residency in Manila. Since 2015, Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte's has been waging a “war on drugs” which relies on extrajudicial assassinations of suspected drug traffickers and users. More than 20,000 people have been killed.




Installation View
3D Polylactic Acid plastic print.
Dimensions variable.


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