Visitor III is a dialogue between body and movement, exploring culture-specific gestures as a form of greeting to communicate recognition, friendship and reverence in the space. The physical gestures – a small wave of the hand, a posture or stance, an entire body movement or simply a state of being – are each a form of welcome, where movement conveys a variety of different actions and thoughts. Visitor III is a symphony of non-verbal expressions that illustrate the multicultural nature of gesture.
Riza Manalo is a Melbourne-based visual artist. Born in Manila, Philippines. Manalo creates work that spans public performance, sound, video and installation. In her research and practice, she examines the importance of artistic representation of lived experiences in the understanding of the production of social and cultural meanings in public space. Her art practice has been in the production of public artworks that reflect on shifts, transitions and the nature of interstitial realities.
Manalo has been exhibiting in solo and group exhibitions since 1994. Her work has been shown in galleries and film screenings internationally, including Smack Mellon, New York; ABC NO RIO, New York; Minna Gallery, San Francisco; Dumbo Art Centre, New York; P.S. 122, New York; Contemporary Museum of Honolulu; Cultural Center of the Philippines Gallery, Manila; The Substation, Melbourne; New York Video Film Festival, New York; National Geographic Film Festival, Washington; Rotterdam International Film Festival, Netherlands; Federation Square Light in Winter Festival; Australian Centre for the Moving Image; White Night Melbourne, among others. She is currently completing a PhD in Art focusing on spatial and temporal dimensions related to the transient migrant body.
Performer: Yumi Umiumare