Isola Tong


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Isola Tong is a Filipino-Chinese artist, architect, and theorist whose work spans immersive installation, community-based projects, fiber art, and digital design. ‬Inspired by indigenous craft‭ ‬and animal architecture‭, ‬Tong gathers and weaves organic and industrial materials to create vessels that explore the relationship between marginalized bodies, technology, and the environment through a transcultural Global South lens. She questions the assumption that nature and culture are oppositional and mutually exclusive, and contends that environmental issues are politically entangled. She is affiliated with Filipinx feminist and migrant rights organizations in California. Tong obtained a BS ‬in Architecture at the University of Santo Tomas‭, ‬Manila‭ ‬and an MFA‭ ‬in Environmental Art and Social Practice at University of ‬California‭, Santa Cruz‭.‬