‘Trapo’ by Lawrence Sumulong

This week we feature a set by New York and Manila based photographer, Lawrence Sumulong. This week’s feature is a set of emulsion lifts created using the Impossible Instant Lab. If you have a set of emulsion lifts, collages or any art created using the Instant Lab, we’d love to see it and possibly feature it in a future post! If you have a collection of instant photographs that you’d like to share, don’t hesitate to email us, submit@snapitseeit.com.

Lawrence tells us more about his series, ‘Trapo’ :

‘Trapo’ is an ongoing series that began as a collection of political posters that I found in the Philippines. 
Taking an iconoclastic approach and engaging in the practice of damnatio memoriae, I am presenting images of deterioration as a means of revealing an entrenched feeling of distrust towards a historically corrupt political system. Understood in the context of the upcoming 2016 Philippine presidential elections, ‘Trapo’ intends to visually represent the country and its candidates’ cultural amnesia and perverse revisionism in regards to the 12 year violent dictatorship of Ferdinand and Imelda Marcos and the corruption ridden track records of subsequent politicians and presidents. 
To that end, I shot the images digitally, processed and printed them with expired Polaroid 600 and SX-70 film using the Impossible Project’s Instant Lab, and lifted the emulsions onto recycled, unbleached paper stock made in the Philippines. The title takes its name from the Tagalog word for a torn cleaning rag or a crooked politician.
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