Working across various disciplines and media, Mark Salvatus tries to build direct and indirect engagement using objects, photography, videos, installations and participatory projects that present different outcomes of energies, meanings and experiences. Calling his overall artistic practice ‘Salvage Projects’, a name that corresponds to the meaning of his surname, he deals with the debris of everyday politics in the city, remnants of the blurred history of the nation and its complicated narratives, and the fragments of the constant movements that he is confronting and experiencing.
His work has been shown in a number of international solo and group exhibitions, including How Little You Know About Me, Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul (2018); The sun teaches us that history is not everything, Osage Art Foundation, Hong Kong (2018); Salvage Projects, 1335 Mabini, Manila (2018); SUNSHOWER: Contemporary Art from Southeast Asia 1980s to Now, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo (2017); Imagined Homes, Thessaloniki Biennale, Greece (2017); Muhon: Traces of an Adolescent City, Philippine Pavilion, Venice Architecture Biennale (2016); transACTION, Sonsbeek International, Arnhem, the Netherlands (2016); Neither Forward nor Back: Acting in the Present, Jakarta Biennale (2015); Video Spotlight: Philippines, Asia Society, New York (2015); Notes from the New World, Vargas Museum and Filipiniana Research Center, Manila (2015); Chain of Fire, Prologue Exhibition, Honolulu Biennale (2014); Open House, Singapore Biennale (2011) and Back to the Basics, The Museum Per Se, Guangzhou Triennale (2011).
Salvatus received an Asia Center Fellowship from the Japan Foundation, Kyoto and Osaka (2016); the 13 Artists Award, Cultural Center of the Philippines, Manila (2012) and the Ateneo Art Award, Manila (2010). He earned a BFA in Advertising Arts from the University of Santo Tomas, Manila (2003).
Born in 1980 in Lucban, Quezon, Philippines, Salvatus currently lives and works in Manila.
Sharjah Art Foundation in partnership with Air Arabia presents A Tripoli Agreement, a research project and exhibition curated by Renan Laru-an.