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“NATURALES” (2016) talks about the debris of history, fabricating a story based on an illustration that is part the “Boxer Codex”, a manuscript written c. 1590, which contains illustrations of ethnic groups in the Philippines at the time of their initial contact with the Spaniards. Naturales which means “local”, is about the voyage of a man and a woman, maybe lovers, husband and wife, king and queen who happen to meet in different time zones through reincarnation. The setting was shot in Tondo a district of Manila located near the bay and Pasig river and considered to be the most densely populated district in the city. Historically, Tondo was an Indianized Kingdom which was recorded a text “Tundun”in an inscription called the Laguna Copperplate 900 CE. 

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.