Stephanie Comilang, still from Lumapit Sa Akin, Paraiso, 2016, single channel video, color, sound, 25:00. Courtesy the artist.
Stephanie Comilang, still from Lumapit Sa Akin, Paraiso, 2016, single channel video, color, sound, 25:00. Courtesy the artist.
Stephanie Comilang & Simon Speiser, Piña, Why is the Sky Blue?, 2021, video/virtually reality installation, color, sound. Installation view: Piña, Why is the Sky Blue?, JSC Berlin. Courtesy the artists. Photo: Alwin Lay.

Artist and filmmaker Stephanie Comilang examines how capital, labor, and movement occurs on a global scale and how it is influenced by cultural and social factors. Working in a documentary mode, her videos, films, and installations address international concerns while remaining rooted in the particulars of a society. Her recent exhibition at Julia Stoschek Foundation, Piña, Why is the Sky Blue?, centers on a video/virtual reality installation she created with Simon Speiser that was shot in the Philippines and Ecuador, where the two artists have respective family histories. Featuring interviews with healers, activists, and shamans—along with a monology by a fictious AI spirit medium called Piña—the work brings attention to precolonial traditions and emphasizes matriarchal cultures.

Biography

Stephanie Comilang

b. 1980, Toronto, Canada

Lives and works between Toronto and Berlin.

Comilang’s work has been shown at Tate Modern, Hamburger Bahnhof, Tai Kwun Hong Kong, International Film Festival Rotterdam, Julia Stoschek Collection, and Haus der Kunst. She was awarded the 2019 Sobey Art Award, Canada’s most prestigious art prize for artists 40 years and younger.