5 Must-See Booths at Chicago's Expo Art Fair

Vittoria Benzine, FAD Magazine, April 14, 2023

Over in EXPO’s Exposure section, downtown Manhattan-based Ilya Fridman has curated a wide-ranging group show called “Encoded Memory” exploring the mental machination of remembering across different media. We’re not just talking paintings and digital art, though both appear — they also fit alongside 3D printed masks of Chelsea Manning’s face envisioned from DNA she donated straight out of jail, and hauntingly pretty watercolors calling out J. Marion Sims, the noted “Father of Gynecology” (yeesh) who experimented on slaves (far worse than yeesh.) It’s aesthetically appealing and incredibly powerful — the strongest features of this eponymous program in full.