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Isola Tong

Grad Student
Environmental Art + Social Practice MFA Candidate

Isola Tong is an artist, architect and activist whose artistic practice is committed to decolonizing transness through vernacular mysticism, indigenous knowledge and gender diversity in the global south. Her bi-cultural Filipino-Chinese upbringing and the tension between her transness and hetero-patriarchal structures influenced her layered and rhizomatic process. She graduated cum laude at the University of Santo Tomas, Manila with a Bachelor of Science degree in Architecture. She also studied and worked in Osaka, Japan for several years whose avant-garde movements influenced her practice. She has shown and performed in Korea, Slovenia, Serbia and the United Kingdom. She taught architectural design, theory, and history at the De La Salle – College of Saint Benilde School of Design and the Arts in Manila.

Isola Tong (Libra, Fire Rabbit, Manila) is a Filipinx-Chinese artist and architect engaging the intersection of autochthonous queerness and nature through performance, installation, print, painting and moving image to disrupt and explore the tensions in the binarized understandings of nature and culture. She comes from a line of Babaylan or Filipinx shamans in the central region of the Philippine archipelago.