Sai Villafuerte

Journalist

Writing
01 — Journalism

A controversial drug raid leads to the closure of a dance club in Manila, leaving a music subculture lost and scrambling.

Carlos Celdran took on the church eight years ago and the fight took over his life.

The Church is running poverty alleviation programs in communities like Tondo. But it’s also fighting against policies that could help them.

intern,
May 2018
For fine art graduates, the art market can seem impenetrable. Natasha Arselan wants to change that with her new platform AucArt which aims to bring early-career artists and collectors together. Sai Villafuerte reports.



The Huffington Post,
August 2017

There is much to say about the Philippines’ Nixon-style war on drugs. But what about Dutertenomics? With reports being overshadowed by the slew of state-sponsored killings, it can be difficult to realise the counter-narratives surrounding other policy areas.



02 — Photo-essays

Kennedy Magazine,
March 2019
One Summer, A Flâneur in Amsterdam is a visual study of movement during summer, the transition between seasons being indicative of this movement.  The images were taken during a trip to Amsterdam in 2016, when the political landscape was experiencing turbulence. Despite this, the energy that summer so relentlessly effuses is one of vitality and optimism.

Roman Road Journal,
June 2018
Through a combination of creative prose and monochrome analogue images, writer and photographer Sai Villafuerte explores the concept of home in a world of travel, poverty and connectivity.

Scout,
September 2017

In her series Holding Your Breath, Sai Villafuerte focuses on mundane, yet intriguing visions. Scout speaks to the London-based photographer about the art scene in England, the essence of analogue, and why photo essays remain relevant to this day.


Photography
01 — Projects
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02 — Portraits

About
Anna Isabelle ‘Sai’ Villafuerte is a journalist focusing on cultural reporting. Her work has appeared in VICE, The Huffington Post, Huck, intern, Purveyr and BikeVibe, amongst others. 

She studied her BSc in International Politics at City, University of London and is now an MPhil candidate at the University of Oxford’s Department of International Development, where she is researching on capability upgrading through Internet technologies in the Philippine film industry.

At the age of fifteen, Sai received the ‘Student Prize for Film Photography’ during an Oxbridge-sponsored academic programme in Lycée Notre Dame de Sion, Paris. In 2015, she was awarded the Visual and Creative Arts award by the Council for Independent Education in the House of Lords where she was acknowledged for her “imaginative ambition, stylistic control and superb sense of narrative structure.




Alongside her journalism, Sai is interested in the relationship between prose and images - a theme she explores in her photography. Her primary medium involves digital and analogue imaging techniques complemented by an introspective approach to essay writing.

“By choosing to photograph ‘ordinary’ places, Sai makes them extraordinary. Beauty can be found in any setting and she gives every place she photographs the story it so rightfully deserves. It is a rare and special skill to tell the narrative of places where one does not naturally appreciate its allure. When done with her unique, experimental style it allows for more people to relate and understand her pictures by connecting it to their everyday lives.”

— Excerpt from interview with Unloop, July 2017

Contact
Location:
Oxford, United Kingdom