Manuel Ocampo is included in the 22nd Biennale of Sydney: NIRIN, curated by Brook Andrew, showing a suite of new large-scale paintings in the Turbine Hall at Cockatoo Island.
Titled 'La Buena Vida' ('The Good Life'), the series of paintings brings together seemingly disparate imagery pulled from sources including cartoons from magazines, satirical comics and newspapers; references to the Philippine-American war (1899–1902); and American and European modernist paintings.
In response to the theme of the Biennale: NIRIN (a Wiradjuri word meaning 'edge'), Ocampo states: "I am reminded of medieval copyists of biblical manuscripts where the texts are adorned in the margins with images. The margin is where one can paint capricious images challenging the dominant text of the manuscript. The images permit one to contradict oneself, to be irreverent, and impious."
22nd Biennale of Sydney
14 March – 8 June 2020