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Judy Freya Sibayan, Performing My Self-archive, My Other Body: An Autobiographical Installation Art Performance, An Institutional Critique, 2020. Performance view.

Judy Freya Sibayan, Performing My Self-archive, My Other Body: An Autobiographical Installation Art Performance, An Institutional Critique, 2020. Performance view.

Judy Freya Sibayan

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Over the course of her nearly five-decade practice, Judy Freya Sibayan’s interventions and performances have mobilized the human body as a means for reconfiguring the institutions of art. Sibayan, a former director of the Contemporary Art Museum of the Philippines, drew from her personal experience in dealing with such spaces. Founded in 1969, the Cultural Center of the Philippines Museum (as it was formerly known) was a bastion of modernist and international art during the Marcos dictatorship, and its first two directors, Roberto Chabet and Raymundo Albano, helped foster Sibayan’s career as an artist. Sibayan, who was appointed director in 1987, adopted a vanguardist vision for the institution that did not align with the push for populism in the postdictatorship era, leading to her resignation in 1989. Though only two years in length, her tenure would inform her subsequent experiments in

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