August 8, 2022

FilipiNEXT investigates the legacies, transformations, and aspirations of Filipinx people on Turtle Island

Group shot of FilipiNEXT conference participants

FilipiNEXT brought scholars, activists, and community members from all over Canada to York University to engage in creative discussions around Filipinx Studies emerging from Canadian contexts. Filipinx scholars from institutions across Canada make up the organizing committee, including AMPD Visual Arts and Art History professor Dr. Marissa Largo.

The weeklong series of workshops, events, and exhibitions explored the following questions: What tensions, aspirations, and lines of inquiry can emerge when we think critically about the history and future of Filipinx people in Canada? How will the past and present inform what is NEXT for Filipinx Studies in Canada?


Photo courtesy of Revill Villanueva

Largo curated X Marks the Spot, a visual art exhibition exploring the X in “Filipinx” as a theoretical artistic investigation while proposing alternative engagements with space, place, materiality, selfhood, and community that defy modernism’s limiting ideologies. The exhibition invited three established artists (Julius Poncelet Manapul, Patrick Cruz, and Ella Gonzales) and three emerging artists (John Ephraim Velasco, Excel Garay, and Revill Villanueva) to respond to the legacies, transformations, and aspirations of Filipinx visual art in Turtle Island. The six creators gestured to the multifarious ways diasporic Filipinx artists invent aesthetic futurities as an emancipatory practice.

Photo courtesy of Revill Villanueva

The installation was sponsored by the Work Centre for Asian Research, York University School of Arts, Media Performance and Design (AMPD), AMPD Visual Arts and Art History Department, and Sensorium Centre for Research, Arts and Technology. To learn more about FilipiNEXT and the artist involved, visit