Jason Reblando (born Flushing, NY; lives Normal, IL) is a Filipino-American artist and photographer. He received his MFA in Photography from Columbia College Chicago and BA in Sociology from Boston College. He is the recipient of a U.S. Fulbright Fellowship to the Philippines and two Artist Fellowship Awards from the Illinois Arts Council. His work has been published in the New York Times LENS blog, Los Angeles Times, Financial Times, Politico, Slate, and Camera Austria. His monograph New Deal Utopias was published in 2017 by Kehrer Verlag. His photographs are collected in the Library of Congress, the Milwaukee Art Museum, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Midwest Photographers Project at the Museum of Contemporary Photography, and the Colorado Photographic Arts Center in Denver. He is an Assistant Professor of Photography at the Wonsook Kim School of Art at Illinois State University.
Statement from the Artist:
The series “Field Notes” are photocollages based upon archival images from the American colonial period in the Philippines. By physically cutting, pasting and rearranging elements of the images, I deconstruct and critique the colonial gaze, while reclaiming the photographic narrative. By weaving historical photographs into my own contemporary art practice, I interrogate the lasting influence of imagery that codified colonial power dynamics between the United States and the Philippines.