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Join exhibiting artist Mark Salvatus in a conversation with Te Uru's curator, Tendai Mutambu, on the Philippines-based artist's practice and his installation That day most eagerly awaited (2020), which approaches the home as a thriving ecology and is featured in the exhibition Notes for tomorrow.

The work and its multiple components of video, archival materials, mural, and drawings largely take from a short story the artist's grandfather published in a Philippine magazine in 1993 about a hermit and a golden bull that lived in Mount Banahaw in Quezon province in Luzon Island.

From within the installation, you see the artist activating his home by constructing a view of the world from within its confines. He references his family's archive to build a network of associations that span local history, folklore, communal yearnings and shared desires. Fusing his grandfather's writings of fiction with stories of the Philippine revolution he remakes the home as a space that is timeless and without bounds. Through interwoven texts and materials, the work presents an encompassing view of the world remade through fiction and fantasy wherein locality is central and the folk becomes universal. This speaks to an agency forged by anticipation and a desire for transformation.

Mark Salvatus (b. 1980) studied Advertising at the University of Santo Tomas in Manila and started his career as a street artist. Since 2006, his body of work “Salvage Projects” has moved across various disciplines and media. Basing it on the word ‘salvage’ or to save or rescue which is also the meaning of the artist’s surname, he tries to build direct and indirect engagements using objects, photography, archives, videos, installations, participatory projects, and platform organising that present different outcomes of energies and experiences. His preoccupations are based on constant movements and travels – coming from the countryside to the city and elsewhere, addressing and building new imaginations of the contemporary land – urban and rural, the global and local migrant and vernacular historiographies. Salvatus is interested in communication and miscommunication as a form and as a structure and not as a process. His practice deals with collecting, repetition and series based on his lived experiences and its relationship to the world.

This conversation will take place online. A link to the event will be shared on Friday 12 March and Saturday morning for last-minute registrations.

Sunday 13 March, 3-4pm Free, streaming online, register via


  • Sun 13 Mar


  • 3:00 pm — 4:00 pm


  • 420 Titirangi Road
  • Auckland 0604