Carina Samantha Santos

I make stuff up

London & Manila

— MRes Art: Theory & Philosophy, Central Saint Martins





Editorial design & illustration

CNN Philippines Life
Esquire Philippines
Rogue Magazine

Book design

A Waiting Room Companion

The First Impulse

Cupid’s Rage

Taming People’s Power


Don’t Forget, Clementine

Bones Like Snowflakes

Winter Quay/Summer Blankets


“There’s something really funny about our music, because it’s often so heart-on-your-sleeve, a little bit. We know how that can be embarrassing. We’re just not worried about embarrassing ourselves anymore.” ¹ The album is an intimation of loss, self-destruction, and the possibility of redemption. ² It’s a song for when life gets too heavy, and you need a song you can sink into — just for four minutes — so you don’t drown inside yourself. ³ 

Solo exhibit — Blanc Gallery

How Still, How Fast

For an Album
Adrienne Rich

Our story isn’t a file of photographs
faces laughing under green leaves
or snowlit doorways, on the verge of driving
away, our story is not about women
victoriously perched on the one
sunny day of the conference,
nor lovers displaying love:

Our story is of moments when even slow motion moved too fast
for the shutter of the camera:
words that blew our lives apart, like so,
eyes that cut and caught each other,
mime of the operating room
where gas and knives quote each other
moments before the telephone
starts ringing: our story is
how still we stood,
how fast.
How Still, How Fast
Blanc Gallery, Peninsula Manila
June 23 — July 14, 2012

Documentation by Luis Santos

— exhibit invite

XO: 1967

XO: 1976

XO: 1977

— Therese
— Blue Monday
— Wait for Winter
— Mr.November

— Ghosts One

— Ghosts Two

— A Quiet Night
— Sleep in Our Clothes
— Quantum Leaps

— We Are Not a Football Team

— Half-Awake

— Half the Horizon
— Rosy-Minded Fuzz — Pluto

five small undocumented works, from L-R: If People Will Only Look, Nothing Worth Knowing,
Self-Portrait: Feet, Self-Portrait: Train, Bokonon No. 14

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