JD ReformaDates: 2021
JD Reforma is an interdisciplinary artist whose research-based practice encompasses sculpture, performance, installation, video, photography and writing. The meaning explored in his work is embedded in different racialised and classed contexts: the lived experiences of the Asian-Australian diaspora; popular culture and the cult of celebrity; corporate branding and institutional critique; and political dynasticism and cultural imperialism.
He is also a humourist, a practice enacted online through Instagram under three distinct yet interrelated personas: @Shirtney and @BritneySpeaks, which each unpack the cultural influence of pop singer and cultural figure Britney Spears; and @KUWTKPIs, or Keeping Up With the KPIs, a meme-based account in which the ubiquitous Kardashian/Jenner celebrity dynasty are positioned as imaginary figures within an institutional critique of the art world.
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.