Josephine Turalba is an interdisciplinary artist based between Manila and Boston, explores issues of divide and convergence within a volatile geo-political world order, her works reflect on the politics of violence and dynamics of infliction and trauma, depicting spaces where empathy translates into healing. She negotiates influences from different cultures – foreign influences on Philippine culture and viceversa, taking on an investigative approach to place and time (in history and the present), in relationship to a sense of self; using the female body as a ‘site’ of/on/ around/for her sculptural pieces to speak of history and speak to different spaces in society. Turalba’s nomadic relation to various forms of media, including performance, installation, experimental video, photography, tapestry, and painting, allows her to explore her obsessions with socio-political narratives, myths and personal histories.

She holds an MFA in New Media from Transart Institute New York (USA) and Donau Universität Krems (Austria). Currently a research fellow at the MIT Future Heritage Lab, she has served as Dean at the School of Fine Arts and Design at the Philippine Women’s University. Her works have been exhibited at ICA Singapore, the 2016 London Biennale, European Cultural Center in Venice, Italy (concurrent with the 56th Venice Biennale 2015), 12th Cairo Biennale, Egypt; Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA; Hofburg Innsbruck, Austria; Arter Space Istanbul, Turkey, Yuchengco Museum, Manila; Indonesia; VII Tashkent Biennale of Contemporary Art, Uzbekistan; 2nd Izmir International Biennal, Turkey; 2012 Santorini Biennale, Greece; M1 Singapore Fringe Festival; Malta Contemporary Art Center; the Cultural Center of the Philippines and at the Metropolitan Museum Manila.

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  • Solo MMXX, Galleria Duemila, Manila, Philippines
  • Carpe Diem, ALT Exhibition, SM Aura, Manila, Philippines
  • 36th International Festival Sarajevo Winter, Collegium Artisticum, Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • The Art Piece as a Closed Text Series, Makati City, Philippines


  • K9, Aphro, Makati City, Manila, Philippines
  • Violence Transformed, MA, USA
  • Art Politics: ONSAEMIRO: Art Politic – Border Crossing DMZ, Suwon Museum of Art, South Korea
  • Not Another Mother and Child, Orange Project, Bacolod City, Philippines
  • Womensemble: Creating Female Subjectivity in Art, National Taiwan Craft Research and Development Institute, Taipei, Taiwan


  • Moving pledges: Art and action in Southeast Asia, Institute of Contemporary Arts Singapore
  • Femi-flow Creating Female Subjectivity in Art, National Taiwan Craft Research and Development Institute, Taipei, Taiwan
  • 6th Canakkale Biennial: Imagined Homes, Turkey Guns and Gun Violence in America: Too Many Too Close, Cambridge College, MA, USA
  • Candid Canines, Dragon Gallery, Yuchengco Museum, Manila, Philippines
  • SAB’R: Light a Dream, Institute for Peace and Development in Mindanao, Marawi City, Philippines


  • 2017 Art Fair Manila, Philippines
  • Collectionner, le désir inachevé, Musée d’Angers, France
  • Taste The Future Collection, Fine Art Gallery The American University of Paris, France
  • No Way Forward No Way Back, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA Taxi, Erratum, Milan, Italy
  • Curated By Federico de Veyra, Ayala Museum, Philippines
  • Taste The Future Collection, Fine Art Gallery The American University of Paris, France
  • En Masse, Thompson Giroux Gallery, Chatham, New York, USA
  • 3.2.1., Ricco Renzo Gallery, Manila, Philippines


  • 2016 London Biennale: Synchronisations/Syncopations
  • Homeland, 5th International Çanakkale Biennial, Turkey
  • Vagari, Galeria Duemila, Manila, Philippines
  • Cairotronica, Palace of the Arts, Cairo, Egypt
  • Onufri XXII, National Gallery of Arts, Tirana, Albania
  • Multiples, KUAD Galeri, Istanbul, Turkey


  • Personal Structures – Crossing Borders, European Cultural Center, Palazzo Mora,
    Venice, Italy (concurrent with the 56th Venice Biennale 2015)
  • Speak Together, Hofburg Imperial Museum, Innsbruck, Austria
  • Caravanserraglio, PoliLab, Arezzo, Italy
  • Fusionera, Thompson Giroux Gallery, Chatham, New York, USA
  • Studio 300 Digital Art and Music Festival 2015, Kentucky, USA
  • Handmade, Cultural Center of the Philippines, Manila, Philippines
  • From Venice to Miami, Florida, USA
  • Alay Sining 8: Save Hearts with Art, Manila, Philippines
  • En Masse, Thompson Giroux Gallery, Chatham, New York, USA


  • The Roving Eye: Southeast Asian Contemporary Art, ARTER Space, Istanbul, Turkey
  • Mother Load, MET Open, Metropolitan Museum Manila, Philippines
  • Fractured Focus, Koussevitzky Art Gallery, Massachusetts, USA
  • Relative Realities, Yuchengco Museum, Makati City, Philippines
  • Terms & Conditions, Simultan Festival #10, Arthouse, Timisoara, Romania
  • Dornier, Royal Armed Forces Museum, London, United Kingdom
  • Small is Beautiful, KUAD Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey
  • Yesterday Once More, Erehwon Art Space, Quezon City, Philippines
  • Alay Sining 7: Art with a Heart, Manila, Philippines
  • Split Vision-Southeast Asian Contemporary Art, ARTER, Istanbul, Turkey
  • Koussevitzky Art Gallery, Massachusetts, USA


  • Grounded, Lopez Museum, Manila, Philippines
  • The Story of the Creative, See // Exhibition Space, New York, USA
  • Six Pack Abs, Ricco Renzo Gallery, Makati City, Manila, Philippines
  • Pagtitipon, DLSU-M, Philippines
  • Ricochet, Nova Gallery, Manila, Philippines
  • 2nd Izmir International Biennal, Turkey


  • The Toronto International Art Fair, Canada
  • Earth Body Mind, 2nd Kathmandu International Arts Festival, Nepal
  • In Wonderland, Stiftung Künstlerdorf Schöppingen, Germany
  • M1 Singapore Fringe Festival 2012, Singapore
  • Beautiful Life: Memory and Nostalgia, Pier-2 Art Center, Kaohsiung, Taiwan
  • Connecting the Dots, Arnica Gallery, Kamloops, BC, Canada
  • Human Frames, La Cinémathèque Française, Paris, France
  • Human Frames, Wits School of Arts, Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Human Frames, École des Beaux-Arts, Paris, France
  • Human Frames, Werkstatt der Kulturen, Berlin, Germany


  • Nowheresville, General Hardware Contemporary, Toronto, Canada
  • Nothing to Declare, Yuchengco Museum, Manila, Philippines
  • Beautiful Life: Memory and Nostalgia, South Hill Park, Bracknel, UK
  • Human Frames, KIT Kunst-im-Tunnel, Düsseldorf, Germany
  • Human Frames, The Sub station Theatre, Singapore
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