Sa Tahanan Co. is a UAE-founded arts collective that exists to be a home for Filipino creatives across the Gulf and the globe. Co-founded by Anna Bernice and Augustine Paredes, the collective focuses on arts practice as a way to shape-shift the perception of the Filipino identity across the diaspora. Through art exhibits, art sales, and creative collaborations, we make space for Filipinos in the contemporary art scene.
Sa Tahanan Co. launched in December 2020 at Alserkal Avenue with 3 days of art, poetry readings, and film screenings from the Filipino diaspora in collaboration with Gulf Photo Plus and Alserkal.
Augustine Paredes is a Filipino artist and photographer based in Dubai. Augustine’s lyrical, contemporary, and sensuous visual narratives are derived from his many-storied travels, South East Asian consciousness, and queer gaze.
He is an alumna of Salama Bint Hamdan Emerging Artist Fellowship, Campus Art Dubai, and International Summer School of Photography, and has been nominated for 13 Artists Awards, World Press Photo Joop Swart Masterclass. He has been exhibited in the Philippines, Malaysia, Latvia, Australia, and the United Arab Emirates.
He is an author of two self-published books: Conversations at the end of the universe (2020) and Long Night Stands With Lonely, Lonely Boys (2021)
As a commercial photographer, he is represented by Dubai-based studio, Seeing Things and has worked with brands such as Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Puma, Adidas, Nike, and are featured in publications such as New York Times, Vogue, GQ, Elle, Der Grief, Canvas Magazine, Cosmopolitan Philippines, and MEGA Man Magazine.
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Anna Bernice delos Reyes is a multidisciplinary arts and culture practitioner, researcher and communications specialist based between Dubai and Berlin. Working at the intersection of art and social change, Anna Bernice's curatorial and research interest lies in migration and the diaspora, geopolitics of identity, and creating inclusivity and representation in art spaces. She has worked with various companies in arts, cultural development and social impact in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Berlin, New York and Prague.
Her most recent curatorial projects in Dubai include In Response to Solastalgia (Maisan15), After the Beep (Satellite), and Sa Tahanan Exhibition 01 (Alserkal Avenue), and most recently writes for Vice, Global Art Daily, and The National.
In Berlin, she works with Send/Receive, a global PR and communications research agency specializing in contemporary art, architecture, design, and technology.
She was born and raised in Manila, and studied sociology, performance and contemporary art at New York University Abu Dhabi.