Tromsø Kunstforening gallery
Tromsø Kunstforening is proud to present Jet Pascua's exhibition Abandon. It consists of video, sculpture and site-specific installations based on used cutlery and rusty corrugated boards.
Originating from a Philippine perspective on the post-war period this exhibition relies on elements from personal and collective experiences. The title reflects both Pascua's upbringing in the Philippines, and how the reproduction of trauma occurs through the ongoing extrajudicial killings. Abandon is Pascua's project as research fellow to the Norwegian Artistic Research Programme through the Tromsø Academy of Contemporary Art and Creative Writing at Faculty of Fine Arts at the UiT-The Arctic University of Norway.
The Nigerian novelist, poet, and cultural critic Chinua Achebe once wrote that «Art is man’s constant effort to create for himself a different order of reality from that which is given to him.»
For Pascua, his artwork is driven by the same motivation as Achebe describes. When Pascua migrated to Norway in 2003, he found himself within a cultural gap. Here the past became more present, and traumas from the past were reawakened. He found himself in a liminal space where remembering became almost like a mission in order to keep sane and hold on to some form of orientation. Although it was a space that was difficult to navigate, this gap also offered Pascua a clean canvas to work with. It became a source of inspiration and material to explore and work with, which has since influenced his artistic practice to date.
«My choice of materials is also reflective of my choice of subject, although at times the materials themselves inspire the art that I am producing. I like to work with materials that have had their own journey, their own stories which I somehow combine with my own.»
Pascua studied painting at the University of the Philippines, BA in fine art at Oslo National Academy of the Arts and Master in fine art at Bergen National Academy of the Arts. In 2013 he was admitted as research fellow to the Norwegian Artistic Research Programme through the Tromsø Academy of Contemporary Art and Creative Writing at Faculty of Fine Arts at UiT-The Arctic University of Norway. In his research project, he attempts to reorient himself by trying to understand in particular his family’s history through interviews and archival research, and in general the history of his country of birth and its traumas. In his artistic practice, he uses personal and collective memories and historical events as material and instrument in re-writing histories and imagining different realities.