Mica Cabildo’s itinerant practice engages in various forms of field work, assuming roles such as naturalist, journalist, explorer and educator. Her projects are often site-specific and enabled through residencies, community interaction and cross-disciplinary collaboration. Her installations consider issues related to climate, landscape, ecology, built environments and spiritual traditions.
During her residency at Gasworks Cabildo plans to research the work of English explorer and naturalist John Whitehead and his expedition to the Philippines to collect bird, mammal, and plant specimens in the late 19th century. Her work will be centered on the Philippine specimens from the Whitehead expeditions in the collections of the Natural History Museum, Zoological Society and the British Museum. She is planning to create a “Whitehead’s Ark” that can speak about loss of biodiversity, threat of mass extinction, and the imbalance of power behind scientific discovery, conservation, and survival.
Mica Cabildo live and works in Parañaque. Her recent projects and residencies include: an audio documentary and solo exhibition about the Baltic Sea and sea-level rise, Schleswig-Holsteinisches Künstlerhaus, Eckernförde; research and an exhibition on karst topography, cave ecology and Japanese dream narratives, Akiyoshidai International Art Village, Yamaguchi (both 2019); research and Artist-in-School community project about sand and ice, Sumikawa-Minami Primary School and Sapporo Tenjinyama Art Studio, Hokkaido (2018); and a collaborative large-scale work based on typhoons and temporary shelters, Cultural Centre of the Philippines, Metro Manila (2016) and Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart (2015).
Mica Cabildo’s residency is supported supported by Mercedes Zobel in partnership with Outset and she is hosted in the Outset Residency Studio.