Azza Zein

PhD Economics
MFA Fine Arts  


I acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the land on which I work, and live, the Boonwurung, and Wurundjeri people of the Kulin nation. I pay my respects to their Elders, past, present and emerging.

Sea of Corners (2016)
Blindside, Melbourne 

Photo Credit: Matthew Stanton and Bianca Tainsh

Sea of Corners examines parallels between museums and digital archives. How can artwork occupy space in unexpected corners of the white cube? By adopting diverse processes of concealing aspects of found digital images and unusual display, the artwork draws on the poetics of fragmentation, erosion and use of precarious material to reveal the complexity of archiving systems. By highlighting formal parallels between her body, artefacts and museum spaces the artist has visited, the installation comments on strategies of fetishizing fragments adopted by museums. It addresses the duality between the urgency of the museum to be a proposition for preserving and accumulating formal knowledge, vs. the possibility of such a space to open up connections between different objects beyond the flat taxonomies and logical relations.

An Incomplete Conversation, with Birendra Rai, catalogue essay for Sea Of Corners at Blindside.