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Patty Chang

Abject, Exposed and Potent Desires


MELONS, 1998, stills from SD video: 4 min.

Courtesy the artist, David Kelley and Bank/Mabsociety, Shanghai.


In early May, Patty Chang sent an email asking me to enumerate my fears. “The fears can be about anything,” she wrote. “They can be personal, global, societal, mundane or profound; everything is valid.” Her only stipulation was that the list be written stream-of-consciousness style. As part of a project she has been working on recently, called Milk Debt (2019– ), she asked several people in Hong…

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