In his paintings, installations, and assemblages, Rocky Cajigan explores material culture, indigeneity, and museology as entanglements in or possibilities for decolonization. His work is largely focused on identity questions and transitions in indigenous cultures. His affinity with museum objects or using materials like human hair and indigenous textile stems from the objectified indigenous identity and the internalization of this objectification. From this, the resulting work is a reimagined material culture, a new object.
Rocky is currently based in Benguet, Philippines where he continues to examine his Bontok and Kankanaey history. He explores the privileges, dangers, and insecurities it holds in the formation of an identity in a place and present where decolonization is often co-opted by capital experienced as hegemony, finance, and center. He is part of AX(iS) Art Project, a non-profit artist collective focused on programming events that study access to contemporary art in communities in the Cordillera Region.
Rocky received the Ateneo Art Award – Fernando Zobel Prize for Visual Art in 2016 and the Thirteen Artists Award in 2021.