Merv Espina is an artist and researcher based in Quezon City, Metro Manila. His practice revolves around the lapses of cultural institutions, mistakes of current historiography, and the problematics of archives, teasing out possible solutions and alternatives by proposing new modes of working and the application of new technologies. He helps run Green Papaya Art Projects, an independent arts initiative founded in 2000 that’s slated to close in 2021. He’s also one of the organisers of WSK (founded in 2008), an experimental music and media art festival. In 2014, he co-initiated the Kalampag Tracking Agency with artist Shireen Seno, an initiative that explores the screening program as participatory archive of Philippine experiments with the moving image. Recently, he was part of the curatorial team of VIVA EXCON 2018, the longest-running arts biennial in the Philippines.
He will be in residence at the Delfina Foundation and currently co-curating an exhibition on contemporary art from the Philippines for the Brunei Gallery, London.
Image: Green Papaya 2014 Working Artists’ Group. Image courtesy of the artist.