Born in the Philippines and currently living in New York, photographer Ryan Frigillana explores his family’s journey as first-generation Filipino immigrants in America in “Visions of Eden”. Self-published as a monograph, the series weaves visual reinterpretations of the bible with found materials—appropriated illustrations from children’s Bible story books, family photographs, and written correspondence from relatives in the Philippines. “By conflating several source materials, I construct a loose narrative set to the tonal backdrop of an Eden in decay—a response to my heavy religious upbringing,” Frigillana explains. “These found materials. . . paired with laden scenes of domestic life, question the fallible notion of paradise on both a physical and spiritual plane.”
“A meditation on lineage, religion, death, and aging, this hybrid portrait of my family contemplates our history while evaluating the frameworks being fostered in my home today.”
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