A Poem, A Garden
Watch Augustine Paredes' performance during the December Jubilee celebrations
A Poem, A Garden is an installation inspired by poetic free verse, where the artist has planted steel stems, each carrying a line from a poem. Each fragment, which he considers a seed, is accompanied by dangling charms that represent light, safety, strength, and belonging as they catch the wind and light. You are invited to start and finish reading the poem in multiple ways, creating your own narrative through an imagined maze, freely connecting the verses.
As part of Homecoming | A space for you, Augustine invited the two artists Kameelah Janan Rasheed and Lakwena Maciver, and curator Janine Gaëlle Dieudji, to contribute their verses to the garden.
Augustine Paredes is a Filipino artist and photographer based in Dubai. Augustine’s lyrical, contemporary, and sensuous visual narratives are derived from his many-storied travels, South East Asian consciousness, and queer gaze. He is an alumna of SEAF, Campus Art Dubai, and International Summer School of Photography, and has been exhibited internationally including the Philippines, Malaysia, Latvia, Australia, USA and the United Arab Emirates.
He is a co-founder of Sa Tahanan Collective along with Anna Bernice, he aims to help and create a platform for Filipino art and creatives through exhibitions, art sales, and collaborations.
Augustine is an author of two self-published art books Conversations at the end of the universe (2020) and Long Night Stands With Lonely, Lonely Boys (2021).