April 14, 2021•143 words
How else does one have a distinct relationship with fire? In Metro Manila, there is a vibrant activist culture of mass mobilizations, also known as rallies or protests, where one of the "ritual" is to collectively witness the burning of the image of a fascist. To see, to record, to chant to. The act is symbolic of a collective expression of rage, not only in image or sound, but in experience. The image tries to be surrogate to the experience, perpetuates the experience in reproduction, and possibly, a way of cataloging experiences. This is my favorite image (that I have taken) of a burning effigy because it tells me the ritual can be experienced differently. It can imprint on memory as only background noise, a faint approaching heat on your skin.
Entry 04 / #100Days