Born 1988, Sydney. Lives and works, Sydney
JD Reforma is an interdisciplinary artist who mines personal and public histories to reflect on a variety of ideas and experience, including the ongoing impact of Western aspirational strategies on marginal identities; the othering of suburban and Western Sydney; as well as the decolonising potential of the Filipino. His works occupy the interstice between the popular and the political, collecting and collaging narratives of both mainstream and diasporic experience as a methodology towards unpacking and unlearning cultural shame.
He also produces a number of satirical Instagram accounts including the art-world meme account, Keeping Up With the KPIs @KUWTKPIs; as well as @Shirtney and @BritneySpeakz, two fan pages that investigate and unpack the cultural influence of American pop-musician Britney Spears.
Exhibitions include Coconut Republic, 2017, Firstdraft, which was awarded the Contemporary Prize at the 2017 Campbelltown Arts Centre Fisher’s Ghost Art Award; Halò, 2017, with Alfredo and Isabel Aquilizan, curated by Katrina Cashman, Bayanihan Philippine Art Project, Mosman Art Gallery; Club Ate, 2017, Blacktown Arts Centre, curated by Bhenji Ra and Justin Shoulder; En-suite, 2017, curated by David Attwood; and 48HR Incident, 2015, curated by Aaron Seeto, Pedro De Almeida and Toby Chapman, 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, Sydney. He has exhibited extensively throughout NSW, including Firstdraft, MOP Projects, Alaska Projects, Kudos Gallery, 55 Sydenham Rd, Breezeblock, Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, Campbelltown Arts Centre, Goulburn Regional Art Gallery; as well as Success, Fremantle, Western Australia and Fake Estate, Brisbane.
He is a 2019 Carriageworks Resident Artist and also participated in the 2018 4A Beijing Studio Program. Recent and upcoming projects include Do You Know This Feeling?, curated by Sebastian Henry-Jones, Firstdraft, Sydney; the 2018 NSW Visual Arts Emerging Fellowship, curated by Alexie Glass-Kantor, Michelle Newton and Lola Pinder, Artspace, Sydney; The TV Show, curated by Daniel Mudie Cunningham, Wollongong Art Gallery; and Neo-Filipino, with Caroline Garcia, Verge Gallery, University of Sydney.