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Art for the Monkey's Uncle
apestraction, damien ortega, freud museum
By Damien Ortega

Damien Ortega is a Mexican artist currently working in Berlin; he uses a variety of mediums such as sculpture, video, and photography, most of which feature every day items. Ortega has a knack for turning the mundane into the magnificent, using simple items such as a golf ball, rubbish bin, or a tortilla.

For his latest project, Ortega travelled to Nigeria to work with The Gashka Primate Project, which is a conservationist group that studies monkeys and apes in their natural environment.

Exploring the similarities between chimpanzees and humans, Ortega uses art to contest Freudian theories about man versus animal and culture versus nature. His exhibition, Apestraction is at The Freud Museum until the 1st September, and bridges the scientific and artistic observations he made while on his journey.
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Why? Fun for art lovers
When: Until 1st Sept
Phone: 44 (0)20 7435 2002
Where: Freud Museum London
Cost: 6 adult, 4.50 senior, 3 concessions, under 12s free
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