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Images of faces from jeepney exteriors were animated by the artist, like moving portraits. These craft of spray painting faces, especially family members, religious icons, pop characters, texts are very common practice of jeepney drivers especially in Manila like “pimp my ride”. These local buses are the main mode of transportation all over the country and believed to be a by product of the 2nd World War, jeeps that were left by the American soldiers turned into public / private vehicles. Taking photographs especially family members from the exterior of the jeeps, the artist used an application of face motion editor and filter from smart phone, making these faces like they are alive, creating a new imagination of what is living a city that are both public and private.

Mark Salvatus (b. 1980) lives and works in Manila, Philippines. His works have been presented in different exhibitions and venues including Motions of this Kind at the Brunei Gallery, SOAS, University of London, Leaving the Echo Chamber, Sharjah Biennale 2019, Unfolding: Fabric of our Life, Mill6 CHAT, Hong Kong, PCAN Pavilion, Gwangju Biennale (2018), Sunshower, Art in Southeast Asia from 1980’s-now, Mori Art Museum (2017); Philippine Pavilion, Venice Architecture Biennale (2016); SONSBEEK International, Arnhem, Netherlands (2016); 3rd Singapore Biennale (2011), 4th Guangzhou Triennale (2011), Jakarta Biennale (2011 & 2015), Koganecho Bazaar, Yokohama, Japan (2011), Hotel Inmigrantes, Manifesta 9, Hasselt, Belgium (2012), Roponggi Art Night, Tokyo, (2013); Prologue Exhibition: Honolulu Biennale (2014), Survival Kit Festival, Umea, Sweden (2014); Sharjah Art Foundation, UAE; Asia Society, New York; Art Center Ongoing Tokyo; Museum Brengasse, Zurich; La Trobe Art Institute, Bendigo, Australia; Cultural Center of the Philippines and Vargas Museum in Manila. He had residencies in Asia Culture Center (ACC) Gwangju and Rijksakademie (Amsterdam) Exchange Dialogue Program, IASPIS Umea, Sweden; Art OMI, New York, Common Room Networks Foundation, Bandung, Indonesia and Goyang Art Studio in South Korea.