Emmy Catedral was born in Butuan (formerly the capital of the Rajahnate of Butuan) on the feast day of Sta. Emerentiana. She was given five names on her birth certificate: Emmy Lorinne Mahalia Caipang Catedral. She was raised in Butuan, and Iloilo City, Philippines before immigrating to New York City at the age of ten. She is an artist and writer working in performance and installation with things made with paper, including books. She sometimes presents work as The Explorers Club of Enrique de Malacca, and The Amateur Astronomers Society of Voorhees, which hosted a salon with Columbia's Department of Astronomy in the Spring of 2018.
Work has been exhibited at Queens Museum, Flux Factory, The New York Historical Society, Bronx River Art Center, Sadie Halie Projects, Primetime, and other unnamed and temporarily named spaces. Readings and performances have been presented at Brookyn Wayfarers, Unisex Salon, The Segue Reading Series, Present Co., Underdonk, and LaMama Experimental Theater Club.
Other literary projects include designing and co-editing Volumes 2 and 3 of 2nd Ave Poetry. Founded by poet Paolo Javier, 2nd Ave Poetry existed as an online journal and multi-venue performance series taking place at the former Lolita Bar, Bowery Poetry, and Creek & The Cave. Emmy has also organized and co-curated literary and performance programs for Queens Museum and The Segue Foundation Reading Series (April-May 2017). She is co-founder, with PJ Gubatina Policarpio, of the Pilipinx American Library, which recently completed summer residencies at Wendy's Subway, Brooklyn, and the Asian Art Museum, SF.
Emmy received her MFA (Sculpture) from Hunter College, and in 2014 was among the Artists-in-Residence at the Center for Book Arts.
After being part of the Artbook | Distributed Art Publishers team for nearly a decade, Emmy is currently the Fairs & Editions Coordinator at Printed Matter, Inc.
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