'A Picture of War is Not War', we read in Hito Steyerl's iconic film November (2004), an essayistic Super 8 film tackling the definition of terrorism constructed around the figure of the artist's best friend Andrea Wolf, who was killed as a terrorist in 1998 in Eastern Anatolia after she joined the PKK (Kurdistan Workers' Party). Mixing documentary...
There has been a flurry of triennial and biennial art activity in Japan this year. The Aichi Triennale opened in Nagoya this August, sparking a national debate about the shutting down of a display of formerly censored works—the result of public backlash against a burnt image of Emperor Hirohito and a statue commemorating the women forced into...
Hans Hartung and Art Informel at Mazzoleni London (1 October 2019-18 January 2020) presents key works by the French-German painter while highlighting his connection with artists active in Paris during the 50s and 60s. In this video, writer and historian Alan Montgomery discusses Hartung's practice and its legacy.Born in Leipzig in 1904, Hans...
'What people need is beautiful, comforting stories that make them feel as if their lives have some meaning. Which is where religion comes from.' —Haruki Murakami, Japenese author
Exhibiting for the first time in Paris, with the new series 'I don't understand your sorrow' is a reflection of the artist's inner most fear: Loneliness.
Hong Kong artist born in 1990, Vivian Ho thinks the loneliest form of loneliness happens when surrounded by other people and the busy happenings in the city. Contrasting the feeling of emptiness with imaginative pleasantness, she presents a bizarre, if not pessimistic, mental state of the crowded city of Hong Kong.
The social norms and standards are constraints which make Vivian Ho feel trapped, as an Asian female painter.
It is all a matter of perception. By adding surrealistic elements to the mundane city life scenery, she challenges the conventional way of being a mere cog in the wheel of the machine, that is life.
On the other side, introspectively, this series presents her immense fear of being alone to an extent that she develops "beautiful, comforting" stories when escaping from anxiety.
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