Marian Pastor Roces

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Marian Pastor Roces



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Pastor Roces

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2014, 2021, 2023, 2024




Independent curator, cultural critic and policy analyst
Founder and President, TAOINC

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Marian Pastor Roces is an independent curator, cultural critic, and policy analyst working out of her base in Manila, Philippines. She founded and leads TAOINC, a corporation that curates the establishment of museums and develops exhibitions, parks, and publications. TAOINC recently accomplished the creation of the online museum 21AM for the Cultural Center of the Philippines, for which Roces supervised the creation of a new Accession Record System with a decolonizing trajectory. Her current project is a museum to cross cultural understanding in an island province that recently moved past a 50-year sectarian war. Published internationally, Roces’ critical writing has addressed, notably, the biennale form (in Over Here, MIT Press 2007, and The Biennale Reader, Bergen Kunsthall and Hatje Cantz 2010); museology (in House of Glass, ISEAS Singapore 2001); dispersed cultural material (in What to Let Go?, Para Site – in press 2023); and art and activism (in Monumental Shadows, Jameel Arts Center Dubai, 2023). Gathering: Political Writing on Art and Culture, an anthology of 45 years of writing, was published in 2019 by the Museum of Contemporary Art and Design (Manila) and Art Asia Pacific (Hong Kong). She is co-editor of the website, Mapping Philippine Material Culture Overseas, SOAS, University of London, which negotiates with museums globally for online open access as a form of digital repatriation. Her interest in social justice issues in relation to artmaking during the climate crisis is informed by work with human rights advocates and the peace process. Recently, she authored the essay “Fû Yabing Masalon Dulo, Ikat Dyer, and the Theoretical Weight of Endurance” published in Climates. Habitats. Environments. (The MIT Press, 2022) edited by Prof Ute Meta Bauer, and is keynote speaker at the conference series Climate Futures organised by NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore and Konnect ASEAN.

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“Marian Pastor Roces,” NTU CCA Singapore Digital Archive, accessed July 15, 2024,