Jose Tence Ruiz

Recently feted as one of the featured artists in the Philippine representation in the 2015 Venice Biennale, which took place after an absence of fifty years, Tence Ruiz’s work often features a strong socio-political commentary.

His installation for Art Fair Philippines 2017 is no exception. In this meditation upon the current debate on the death penalty, religious and satirical elements are cleverly intertwined in a monstrous and surreal setting that tempts the viewer to experience a problematic concept, thus bringing a darkly looming possibility into the horizon of the real world.