MM Yu

Filipina, b. 1978

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MM Yu

Filipina, b. 1978

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MM Yu produces semi-autobiographical photographs and paintings that capture the beauty and the chaos of Manila. The subjects of her photography are often found in the neighborhoods where she and her friends reside. She believes that “taking photographs is like borrowing images […] and thinking of them as swatches that I can reconfigure.” One of her most famous bodies of work, titled “Thoughts Collected, Recollected” (2007), comprises images of objects found in urban environments, organized and bound into over 20 handmade photobooks. A monumental piece titled Memoirs (2001) was a massive installation of multiple-exposed photographs. Yu’s paintings, however, take on themes of organization and order through abstraction and color, variously exploring the way paint drips down a canvas, or black paint’s visual effect on other colors.

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MM Yu produces semi-autobiographical photographs and paintings that capture the beauty and the chaos of Manila. The subjects of her photography are often found in the neighborhoods where she and her friends reside. She believes that “taking photographs is like borrowing images […] and thinking of them as swatches that I can reconfigure.” One of her most famous bodies of work, titled “Thoughts Collected, Recollected” (2007), comprises images of objects found in urban environments, organized and bound into over 20 handmade photobooks. A monumental piece titled Memoirs (2001) was a massive installation of multiple-exposed photographs. Yu’s paintings, however, take on themes of organization and order through abstraction and color, variously exploring the way paint drips down a canvas, or black paint’s visual effect on other colors.

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