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Title

Recovery

2017


Artist

Nona Garcia

Philippines

1978 -


About

Recovery is a powerful installation by contemporary Filipina artist Nona Garcia. Garcia grew up in a hospital run by her parents and has an interest in medical imaging. Her installation Recovery consists of 60 light boxes displaying x-rays of ancestral objects from the Baguio region of the Philippines, many from the collection of the BenCab Museum, Baguio. The indigenous spiritual practices of the region have ancient origins in devotion to ancestors and nature spirits and continue to be exercised, often in concert with Christianity, the dominant practice in the officially secular nation, as well as Islam.

The objects imaged for Recovery include protective sculptures of rice deities (bulul) from the mountainous Ifugao province, bowls carved in the form of animals, jewellery and protective charms, as well as ritual storage boxes and anthropomorphic vessel stoppers. Among the talismanic jewellery presented are a palangapang ceremonial neck piece with six trapezoidal plaques, a warrior’s necklace of crocodile teeth and bore tusks, an Ifugao woman’s head ornament in the form of a figure with outstretched arms, and a linglingo fertility pendant.

While the x-rays in Recovery capture the inside these sacred objects, some of which are intended to remain sealed, their effect on the materials produces images that reveal almost nothing about the contents, and in fact add to their mystery.


Details


Place where the work was made

Baguio City Benguet Central Cordillera Luzon Philippines


Date

2017


Materials used

60 light boxes: x-ray images, plexiglass, wooden frames, wires, sound, speaker, midnight blue wall paint


Edition

3/3


Dimensions

dimensions variable :

a - Lightbox 1; 35.5 x 33 x 7.5 cm

b - Lightbox 2; 25.5 x 43.1 x 7.5 cm

c - Lightbox 3; 20.2 x 30.4 x 7.5 cm

d - Lightbox 4; 35.5 x 35.5 x 7.5 cm

e - Lightbox 5; 15.6 x 15.8 x 7.5 cm

f - Lightbox 6; 15.2 x 25.3 x 7.5 cm

g - Lightbox 7; 33.5 x 38.7 x 7.5 cm

h - Lightbox 8; 16.9 x 30.5 x 7.5 cm

i - Lightbox 9; 25.6 x 40.5 x 7.5 cm

j - Lightbox 10; 23 x 35.5 x 7.5 cm

k - Lightbox 11; 34.8 x 40.6 x 7.5 cm

l - Lightbox 12; 18 x 30.9 x 7.5 cm

m - Lightbox 13; 18.4 x 24.2 x 7.5 cm

n - Lightbox 14; 17.8 x 23 x 7.5 cm

o - Lightbox 15; 17.8 x 17.8 x 7.5 cm

p - Lightbox 16; 17.8 x 25.5 x 7.5 cm

q - Lightbox 17; 23 x 30.5 x 7.5 cm

r - Lightbox 18; 25.5 x 28 x 7.5 cm

s - Lightbox 19; 41.3 x 20.2 x 7.5 cm

t - Lightbox 20; 17.8 x 33 x 7.5 cm

u - Lightbox 21; 21.3 x 23 x 7.5 cm

v - Lightbox 22; 17.8 x 22.8 x 7.5 cm

w - Lightbox 23; 30.7 x 35.6 x 7.5 cm

x - Lightbox 24; 17.8 x 30.5 x 7.5 cm

y - Lightbox 25; 23 x 40.6 x 7.5 cm

z - Lightbox 26; 35.5 x 20.3 x 7.5 cm

aa - Lightbox 27; 12.4 x 20 x 7.5 cm

bb - Lightbox 28; 33 x 33 x 7.5 cm

cc - Lightbox 29; 21.3 x 35.5 x 7.5 cm

dd - Lightbox 30; 18 x 17.8 x 7.5 cm

ee - Lightbox 31; 12.6 x 20.2 x 7.5 cm

ff - Lightbox 32; 13.8 x 20.5 x 7.5 cm

gg - Lightbox 33; 28 x 30.5 x 7.5 cm

hh - Lightbox 34; 15.2 x 25.5 x 7.5 cm

ii - Lightbox 35; 12.7 x 15.4 x 7.5 cm

jj - Lightbox 36; 22.8 x 35.5 x 7.5 cm

kk - Lightbox 37; 20.2 x 28.1 x 7.5 cm

ll - Lightbox 38; 26.2 x 33 x 7.5 cm

mm - Lightbox 39; 17.8 x 22.9 x 7.5 cm

nn - Lightbox 40; 17.8 x 17.8 x 7.5 cm

oo - Lightbox 41; 17.8 x 17.8 x 7.5 cm

pp - Lightbox 42; 17.8 x 25.5 x 7.5 cm

qq - Lightbox 43; 24 x 29 x 7.5 cm

rr - Lightbox 44; 17.8 x 17.8 x 7.5 cm

ss - Lightbox 45; 11.2 x 11.2 x 7.5 cm

tt - Lightbox 46; 33 x 33.1 x 7.5 cm

uu - Lightbox 47; 25.5 x 15.4 x 7.5 cm

vv - Lightbox 48; 18.2 x 23 x 7.5 cm

ww - Lightbox 49; 17.8 x 13.5 x 7.5 cm

xx - Lightbox 50; 23 x 35.5 x 7.5 cm

yy - Lightbox 51; 28.2 x 18 x 7.5 cm

zz - Lightbox 52; 25.4 x 43.1 x 7.5 cm

aaa - Lightbox 53; 23 x 35.5 x 7.5 cm

bbb - Lightbox 54; 16 x 28.2 x 7.5 cm

ccc - Lightbox 55; 28 x 41.6 x 7.5 cm

ddd - Lightbox 56; 17.8 x 25.4 x 7.5 cm

eee - Lightbox 57; 25.5 x 43.2 x 7.5 cm

fff - Lightbox 58; 17.8 x 40.8 x 7.5 cm

ggg - Lightbox 59; 23.4 x 29.1 x 7.5 cm

hhh - Lightbox 60; 12.8 x 15.4 x 7.5 cm


Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated


Credit

Roger Pietri Fund 2017


Location

Not on display


Accession number

342.2017.a-b


Artist information

Nona Garcia

Works in the collection

1


Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history


Referenced in 1 publication

Bibliography


Matt Cox and Melanie Eastburn, Look, 'Passion and procession', pp 44-47, Sydney, Jul 2017-Aug 2017.