EYA. Manila, Philippines
Ralph Eya is an independent art practitioner concentrating on socially engaged projects. His initiatives thrust primarily in creating new genre public art with community-based collaboration and alternative education. Eya’s interdisciplinary practice seeks to contribute in activating individuals and the youth via artistic approaches in rights-based identity and critical consciousness formation, cultivating people's right to freely be involved in the cultural life through participatory and accessible means of creative production.
Informed by the constantly evolving challenges of the society and human disparateness, his movement in the field of co-creation revolve as proactive responses that pursue to exercise introspection and progress unifying perspectives of meaningful change. He has produced and curated several exhibitions in partnership with various foundations and organizations, and has presented his collaborative art praxis both locally and internationally. He is included in the pioneer batch of Artists for a Better World of the Arts for Good Fellowship of Singapore International Foundation, a recipient of the Urban Planning and Social Impact Initiative Prize of Megacities Organization in Paris, and part of the changemakers roster of Young Cultural Innovators by the Salzburg Global Seminar in Austria.
Eya also works as a professional college lecturer for Multimedia Art Production in the Philippines.
“In a life of continuous motion and change, with countless ways of expression, narratives from imagination, realities of the human condition, and a multitude of artistic representations and practices, it is crucial to always examine our role as individuals and as artists. We are all working on a spectrum, exploring the dynamism of art and its infinite configurations. That being said, we, artists as cultural workers, get to consciously work with the indefinite. We can create art that can liberate us or restrain us, divide us or unite us, consume us or serve us, or probably make art that can be anything in between.
By recognizing that position, I'd like to think that my creative practice does not operate in isolation and it navigates along with our ever-changing world by expanding efforts on education, communal interaction, and inclusive actions with diverse sectors in rural and urban communities. Whether as visual experience, pedagogical design, multimedia application, or even going beyond conventional solutions, I believe art as a form, process, or medium is a force. Art can always impact our core values and it does not end on our fascination with the everyday. Art can engage, enable, and empower. Art can truly activate. And at least if not, maybe let’s just never cease to emphasize and question the hows, the whys, and ultimately, the value of our art to the world"