Archie Geotina (b. 1987) is an intermedia artist who’s made his career doing murals, brand collaborations, clothing designs and festival installations with heavy influence from Philippine street culture and the Philippine people. He co-founded graffiti collective Kings Stay True (KST) which marked the beginning of the evolution from traditional graffiti to creation his own unique style.
Working with all different types of material, he has worked with media on large wood installations, light installations and projection mapping projects. Often times for his artworks indoors, he uses materials with varying characteristics; acrylic paint, spray paint, ink, resin, found objects, wheat paste and projectors to create his images.
He’s had exhibitions in; The Ayala Museum, Manila Contemporary, Secret Fresh, A-Space with Collective 88, Light Bombs Hong Kong and Rebel’s Ark in California.
His most recent exhibitions were in February 2020 in Provenance Gallery entitled Ground Zero where he shed new light on the results of the siege in Marawi. On the same month, he revealed “Ang Lakbay Ng 105 Milyon” an on site installation under the whole of Salcedo Underpass where he created a Sistine chapel like mural on the ceiling of the overpass.
Born and raised in Manila, Archie moved to Siargao in 2016 and has since slowed down on joining exhibitions and continues to create art in a more personal manner. His thesis is to discover what Philippine culture has lost through colonialism and to reintroduce it to the modern world in his own way.
He is committed to his advocacies of peace and the environment by working with foundations such as Teach Peace Build Peace Movement, Grom Nation, Siargao Island Surfers Association, S.E.A Movement and more recently with Grounded for Oceanus Conservation, as a way to give back to the communities and people that have inspired him and contributed to his personal growth.
A collaboration between artist Archie Geotina, surfers Ikit and Aping Agudo and photographer Bren Lopez, this powerful series invites viewers to immerse themselves in the strength, beauty and fierceness of Filipina women in oneness with Mother Ocean.
In ancient verdic texts, the pearl is born of the earth’s waters and the heavens powers, fertilized by a flash of lightning. The pearl is considered to be the daughter of the moon. In western cultures, the pearl has an astrological association with the planet Venus. Like pearls, the goddess of love came from the sea. Some stories say white pearls are tears shed by the gods; another legend says the tears Eve cried when she was banished from Eden turned to pearls. Throughout centuries, pearls have been associated with femininity, purity, wisdom, patience, peace.
Philippine surfers Ikit and Aping Agudo, like pearls, embody this connection to the spiritual realm. They are a FORCE in the water, gems of the sea, excelling beyond gender limitations and capabilities with grace and passion.
In the PEARLS series, Ikit and Aping surf in traditional Filipiniana clothing, making a powerful statement in breaking the mold and societal and gender expectations on how Filipina women should behave or present themselves.
Throughout the history of the Philippines, women in formal Filipiniana wear were considered meek, shy and weak. Here, the muses are captured in their element in all their glory, PEARLS truly captures the essence of the strength and resilience of Filipina women in this country.