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LIGHTNING STRIKES

Kidlat Tahimik, Ang Ma-bagyong Sabungan ng 2 Bathala ng Hangin, A Stormy Clash Between 2 Goddesses of the Winds (WW III– the Protracted Kultur War), 2019, wood, C-prints, video projection (color, sound, 50 seconds), audio, mosaics, rattan core, figurines, ritual objects, bamboo loom, wrought-iron launchpads, fiberglass, fishing boats, sawdust, tree root, bamboo fences, fauna. Installation view, Al Mureijah Square, Sharjah. From Sharjah Biennial 14. Photo: Haupt & Binder/Universes in Universe.

THE UNDENIABLE SHOWSTOPPER of this spring’s Sharjah Biennial was filmmaker and artist Kidlat Tahimik’s gallery-filling installation Ang Ma-bagyong Sabungan ng 2 Bathala ng Hangin, A Stormy Clash Between 2 Goddesses of the Winds (WW III–the Protracted Kultur War), 2019. Packed with gods and icons, fantastical beasts, human figures, and other sculptural elements carved out of salvaged wood or woven in rattan, the work imagines an epic standoff between the forces of indigenous resistance and American cultural imperialism, writing a mythic tale around colonial violence and the vicissitudes of globalization. Tahimik pits Inhabian—the deity to whom the Ifugao people from the northern highlands of the Philippines pray to keep them safe during a typhoon—against Marilyn Monroe, the siren of the silver screen, backed by a rocket-riding Mickey Mouse, a gun-toting cowboy, and an ominous horde

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