60 Steps to Home Intervention-based Performance, Statue Square, Central Hong Kong | 2016                                                                               Photography by: Leah Valle

Riza Manalo is a Melbourne-based visual artist. Born in Manila, Philippines. Manalo creates work that spans public performance, sound, video and installation. Most of her work explores embodied experience through interdisciplinary practice based on sensoriality and sociality that involves participatory engagement and informal encounters in public space. In her research and practice, she examines the importance of artistic representation of lived experiences in the understanding of the production of social and cultural meanings in public space.

She currently works in open collaboration with artists and non-artists to explore how experiential performance and engagement plays in constructing identity and shaping public and mind space.

She has been exhibiting in solo and group exhibitions since 1994. Her work has been shown in galleries and film screenings internationally, including Smack Mellon, Brooklyn, NY; ABC NO RIO, New York, NY; Minna Gallery, San Francisco; Dumbo Art Centre, Brooklyn, NY; P.S. 122, New York, NY; Contemporary Museum of Honolulu; New York Video Film Festival; National Geographic All Roads Film Festival, Washington; Rotterdam International Film Festival, Netherlands; Federation Square Light in Winter Festival; Australian Centre for the Moving Image; White Night Melbourne, among others. She is currently pursuing a PhD in Art focusing on spatial empowerment.