, born 1982
Veejay Villafranca, a documentary photographer from the Philippines, contributes moving images that revolve around the evolution of faith and religious practices. Villafranca’s growing body of work, “Faith above Fate” aims to provide collectors an idea of his four-pronged project covering rituals in the island of Siquijor, the feast of the Black Nazarene, penitence and faith-healing. Known internationally for photography projects dealing with Filipino culture, Villafranca has exhibited around the globe after winning the prestigious Ian Parry Art scholarship in London in 2008 and receiving the Crossing Point artist residency program during the Festival Visa pour l’Image 2008 in Perpignan. He also received the 2008 Ian Parry Scholarship award for his project on the lives of former gang members in an urban poor compound in the city of Manila.
He was also a participant in the prestigious 2013 Joop Swart Masterclass, and is currently focused on his advocacy project on climate change refugees.Veejay Villafranca’s website