Paloma Polo: The earth of the Revolution

Paloma Polo: Still from 'The earth of the Revolution' (2019), courtesy the artist
Paloma Polo: Still from 'The earth of the Revolution' (2019), courtesy the artist

The second phase in the Towards the Planetary Commons exhibition programme will see artist Paloma Polo’s The earth of the Revolution (2019) premiered for the first time.

Emerging from Polo’s research in the Philippines, cultivated over three years, and during which time the artist located herself at the heart of the ongoing democratic struggles in the region – a struggle in which marginalised countryside communities are actively fighting for democratic and progressive transformations, emancipation and the common good – this new work offers viewers a glimpse into the political practices that underlie the revolution. Segmented into scenes, the film closely follows the guerrilla as they go about their everyday tasks, from lessons and habitual meetings, reporting and assessments to personal conversations and confidences, moments of solitude and rest. Blurring the distinctions between documentary and artist film, The earth of the Revolution seeks to expand our understanding of how revolution manifests itself in a contemporary context, reflecting on some of the positive human elements and processes that might arise from such conflicts.

Paloma Polo is an independent researcher and visual artist based in Amsterdam and Luxembourg. Her artistic practice explores subjugated knowledges that can inform the history of knowledge production and the construction of humanely progressive political discourse. She is a member of the International Coordinating Committee of the International League of Peoples’ Struggles (ILPS). Between 2007- 2009 Polo attended De Ateliers art residency program (Amsterdam) and in 2010 Gasworks residency programme (London). Polo was a visiting research fellow in 2013 at the Center for International Studies, University of the Philippines-Diliman. Her later research explorations were hosted by Les Laboratoires D’Aubervilliers research and creation institution (Paris).


The earth of the Revolution was made with the support of the Mondriaan Fund, the Fundación Botín and Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo, CA2M