Joshua Serafin
Creation Paradigm

Drawing on the precolonial history and creation myths of the Philippine archipelago, Joshua Serafin’s ongoing series Cosmological Gangbang (2021–present) centers on a speculative deity, born from a tropical swamp, who is non-binary and gender-fluid; a figure who embodies suppressed pre-colonial notions of identity. At Amant, Joshua’s recuperative cosmology is represented in both a live performance presented on July 20 and the world premiere of a new video installation on view through the summer.

Joshua’s three-channel film Creation Paradigm (2023) follows a trio of divinities across states of becoming. The film follows these celestial beings from incarnation through furtive encounters with their long-lost ancestral environments, as if testing the extent of their ties to the human and the earth. The film reaches its apotheosis in a communion mediated by a viscous black liquid that suggests both primordial ooze and a balm for healing the collective trauma of colonization. Creating a loop between past and future, Creation Paradigm viscerally argues for in-betweenness and decolonization as mutual and complimentary necessities.

Alongside the video installation, on July 20 Amant will present Joshua’s VOID, a live performance accompanied by a film of the same title and a musical soundscape by Alex Zhang Huntai and Calvin Carrier, at Amant’s outdoor space at 316 Ten Eyck. The performance is free and open to the public. RSVPs are encouraged.

Still from Creation Paradigm (2023). Joshua Serafin in collaboration with Bunny Cadag, Lukresia Quismundo aka thirdworld bb, and John Chesleigh Nofiel aka Alaga.

About Joshua Serafin
Joshua Serafin (they/she) is a multi-disciplinary artist who combines dance, performance, visual arts, and choreography. Born in the Philippines in 1995, they are currently based in Brussels. They are a house artist of Viernulvier for the season 2023-2027. They studied contemporary dance at Hong Kong Academy and later on graduated from P.A.R.T.S. in Brussels. Joshua received a Bachelor’s in Performance in 2021 and a Master’s in Fine Arts in 2022 from KASK, where they were the recipient of the Horlait-Dapsens Prize. They premiered their first solo work “Miss” in VIERNULVIER and have since collaborated with multiple artists in Asia and Europe. Their work has been shown internationally, most notably in Esplanade in Singapore, BIT Teatergarasjen, Norway; Anti Festival, Finland; Nightshift, Ostende; Beursschowburg, Brussels; Tai Kwun Contemporary, Hong Kong; Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin; TONO Festival, Mexico City; and Hebbel am Ufer, Berlin. They were an official participant in the 60th International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia curated by Adriano Pedrosa.
Joshua’s artistic process is an intense sociological exorcism of Filipino identity about global ideologies and contemporary phenomena, unpacking the historical violence of its feudal contemporary society and its dehumanizing normality. Joshua’s globally acclaimed performance is committed to dwelling within interstitial spaces, a refusal to participate in dimorphic structures so they can craft an idiom where they can speak from in-betweenness and translate ideas of alterity into forms of speculation.