SIGNOS by Veejay Villafranca

24 – 31 October 2018

About The Artist: Veejay  Villafranca

He started his career as a staff photojournalist for the national news magazine, Philippines Graphic and then going freelance in 2006. He then worked with international wire agencies such as Agence France Presse, Reuters, World Picture Network and the United Nations IRIN news wire before concentrating on his personal documentary projects.
His project about the lives of former gang members in one of Manila’s dangerous slums, BASECO compound, garnered him the 2008 Ian Parry Scholarship grant in London. He is also a full scholar at the Asian Center for Journalism Photojournalism program managed by the World Press Photo Foundation in 2007-2008, and the 2nd artist to hold residence in the Crossing Point program held in Perpignan, France in 2008. He was also part of the 2013 Joop Swart Masterclass in Amsterdam covering the theme of ‘hope’.

His images has been exhibited in London, Lithuania, Hongkong, Phnom Pehn, France, Portugal, Norway, Thailand, Turkey and Manila. Veejay’s continued effort in producing in-depth and personal stories has brought him to different parts of the Philippines and Asia.

Veejay’s ongoing projects evolve around the Filipino faith as a dying culture and other religious/spiritual practices, the reserved space and ancestral land for ethnic tribes and migration due to climate change in Southeast Asia apart from his project with the gangs.’

그는 국내 뉴스 잡지의 스텝 보도사진가로서 경력을 쌓기 시작했다. 그는 필리핀 그래픽스에서 일한 이후 2006년에 프리랜서로 활동했고, 그 뒤 프랑스 통신사, 로이터 통신사, 월드 픽쳐 네트워크, 유엔의 IRIN 통신사와 같은 국제적 뉴스 통신사들과 일을 했다. 이후 그는 개인 다큐멘터리 프로젝트에 집중하기 시작했다. 특히 BASECO compound라는 슬럼가의 범죄 조직 일원이었던 사람들의 삶을 다루었던 그의 프로젝트는 그에게 2008년 Ian Parry 장학재단의 지급을 안겨주었다. 또한 2007-2008 세계보도사진전이 경영하는 저널리즘/사진 보도 프로그램의 아시아인 센터에서 전액 장학생으로 선발되었으며 2008년 프랑스 페르피냥의 Crossing Point 프로그램에서 입주하게 된 두 번째 작가였다. 2013 암스테르담의 Joop Swart Masterclass에는 “희망”이라는 테마로 참여하기도 했다.


Signos (2009-2013) This project grew from Villafranca’s experience of documenting Philippine communities displaced by extreme weather events and climate change. The typhoons Ondoy (Ketsana) and Pepeng (Parma) in 2009 and Yolanda (Haiyan) in 2013 caused massive floods which adversely affected both the urban and rural poor. These resulting tragedies can recur if many existing vulnerabilities are not addressed. The series returns to the relocation sites of various communities, left after news coverage has shifted to other areas. It challenges the viewer to look beyond the stilled aftermath. Desolate landscapes and relocation camps are markers of trauma and loss continuing on many levels; periods of waiting and anticipating are signs of how displacement and dispossession persists long after the storm has passed. Signos was published as a photo book by MAPA Books in 2017.