GG loves: Geloy Concepcion

“Art lang nang art!”

We spoke with artist Geloy Concepcion and learn about his work, his process, and how other people’s stories contribute to form his visual identity.

You’re photographer, videographer, and street artist. Do you enjoy working across mediums?
Yes. Kasi, kung kaya natin i-maximize yung mga napo-produce natin, bakit hindi natin gawin?

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What do you think ties all of your work together?
Siguro hindi ako ang makakasagot nito, pero kung sa perspective ko, I hope na parehas lahat ng pakiramdam ng nalalabas ko na trabaho.

How did your series, Golden Gays of Pasay start? How did this project come about? Did you enjoy the collaborative process?
I met one of them nung intern ako sa isang documentary show. After 7 years, naisip ko na balikan sila and sumakto lang na nandun sila lahat tapos nagtuloy-tuloy na. Siyempre nag-enjoy ako dahil pati sila nag-enjoy.

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How challenging has it been to put up massive street artworks and what’s the process usually like?
Una, gagawa ka ng sketches and designs na gusto mo ilagay sa pader. Next is yung paghahanap mismo ng mga pader and asking for permission. Kung wala namang bantay, it’s your call kung gagawan mo o hindi. Yun na yun. Kailangan mo tanggapin na pwede siyang mabura or matabunan ng ibang gawa.

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How do the more commercial collaborations like those with Star Cinema etc, come about? How does your personal work inform your editorial and commercial commissions?
Para siyang cycle eh. Gagawa ka ng personal works tapos may makakakita ng personal works mo at bibigyan ka ng trabaho na may bayad. May fund ka na ulit sa paggawa ng personal works. Paikot-ikot siya. Unless anak ka ni Binay o kung sino mang mayaman na tao. Hindi mo kailangan magtrabaho para makagawa ng personal works. Art lang nang art!

Your work aims to “tell the stories of the underdogs, the unrecognized, and the unheard.” Is there a particular story that has been most memorable to you?
Golden Gays 2015, amateur boxers ng Manila 2012 (thesis ko nung college), and most of my portraits. Memorable sila dahil marami akong natutunan sa kanila. We really need to go out and meet people na wala sa circle natin. Marami tayo matututunan kung ganyan ang proseso.

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All images from www.geloyconcepcion.com