RISD Research Perspectives | Bhen Alan



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Bhen Alan, MFA PT 22 incorporates elements of painting, weaving, sculpture, and performance to address issues of identity across immigration, memory of place, queerness, and ecological responsibility. Born and raised in Tuguegarao City, he fuses painting, installation, costumery, and performance to investigate the intersections of design with traditional Filipino weaving and craftsmanship. Researching traditional Filipino rituals and sourcing local materials, Alan works on the peripheries of identity, memory, sustainability, and recycling to create immersive experiences in topics ranging from immigration and trauma to celebratory affirmations. The resulting work brings visibility to the complexities of global culture and personhood. Alan is the recipient of the Fulbright award 2022-2023, where he will travel to the Philippines to study indigenous mat weaving, technique, rituals, history, and indigenous storytelling. This series highlights the intersections of art, design, theory, social justice and research in interviewed conversations within the RISD community, its faculty and students.

Written | Directed | Filmed | Edited by Holly Gaboriault [MA Global Arts + Cultures '21]
Original Music by Antonio Forte


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RISD Research Perspectives, video series, Philippines, Filipino culture, weaving, performance art, dancing, community, neighbors, storytelling, sculpture, painting, immigration, costume, LGBTQ, celebration


Art and Design | Asian American Studies | Dance | Fiber, Textile, and Weaving Arts | Performance Studies | Sculpture

RISD Research Perspectives | Bhen Alan