Statement:
As we usher in the new millennium, media culture continues to be the prevailing arbiter of our social and political life. Images proliferated by mass mediums such as television, film and the Internet influence our perception of the world and profoundly touch our deepest values. The rise of secularization in society has diminished the position of religion as the principal site for mythic narratives; consequently, mass media now provides the communal symbols and stories that constitute our social environment.

Mass media generates and codifies these myths, which has a beneficial function to simplify and make sense of the world around us. The real danger of this phenomenon is that complex points of contention are reduced to generalizations and exploited to benefit the dominant groups in power. My work attempts to subvert this prevailing apparatus by using components from mass media to critique and construct new myths. Furthermore, I use instances of compression artifacts found in digital media as a point of intervention, where the immaculate façade of high definition media disintegrates and exposes instability in the seemingly constant stream. 
  
Bio:
Rembrandt Quiballo is a photo-based artist living in Phoenix, Arizona. Through the moving image, his work explores mass media and its effects on social and political history. Quiballo was born in the city of Manila in the Philippines. The People Power Revolution led to social and political unrest in the Philippines, compelling his family to leave the country. They would eventually immigrate to the United States. Quiballo received a BFA in Painting and a BA in Philosophy from the University of Arizona. He earned his MFA in Photography at Arizona State University in 2012. His works have been exhibited nationally and internationally including Albuquerque, Pasadena, Chicago, New York City, Cairo and Berlin. His work has been included in the Arizona Biennial in 2013 and 2015. Quiballo is the recipient of numerous awards, including the ASU GPSA Research Grant, the SPE Student Award, the Nathan Cummings Travel Fellowship and the Contemporary Forum Emerging Artist Grant.

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