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Artists Dean Zubiri Africa gives new meaning to the acronym YOLO
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DEAN ZUBIRI AFRICA'S "FEED PORN" EXHIBIT

WHEN TO GO: November 5 to December 17, Post Gallery, Shop 7, Cubao X, Araneta Center, Quezon City; 400.7905, 0917.874.9293; [email protected].

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW: There’s no escaping the internet these days, especially for millennials, whose lives seem to revolve around social media. It’s a topic artist Dean Zuberi Africa explores in his fifth solo exhibit, “Feed Porn,” opening this month at Post gallery. “The internet is for porn,” went that catchy Avenue Q song; that might have been unquestionably true when it was written in the early 2000s. These days though, one isn’t so sure, as the younger generation appears to spend more time glued to their social media feed or posting selfies than scouring the web for titillating imagery.

WHAT TO CHECK OUT: A millennial himself, Africa’s goal for the show is to explore “cultural nuances and complexities in hypervisual, textual and social media, and the realm of the digital as a whole; as these constructs influence and change the way we operate as humans.” It’s a subject Africa has flirted with previously with his show “YOLO—You Only Live Online,” held at Mabini 1335 in 2014. A fine arts graduate from the University of the Philippines, where he majored in painting, Africa is known for his collage and mural work, and his comics and pop-culture influenced canvasses that come alive with highly saturated colors and vibrant imagery. He recently curated an exhibit honoring one of his idols, the legendary Filipino comic artist Mars Ravelo, at the Cultural Center of the Philippines. 

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