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Emi Eu: ‘We have to look at Southeast Asia as one market’ Ocula Conversation Emi Eu: ‘We have to look at Southeast Asia as one market’ Stephanie Bailey, Singapore

STPI's Emi Eu reflects on S.E.A. Focus, an STPI project platforming artists and galleries from Southeast Asia, in the wake of Art Stage's decline in 2019 and ahead of the launch of Singapore's new art fair, Art SG, in October 2020.

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New Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata: Shows to See Ocula Report New Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata: Shows to See Kanika Anand, New Delhi

With India Art Fair set to open amid nationwide protests, Kanika Anand introduces shows in New Delhi, Mumbai, and Kolkata that express shifting socio-political identities, modes of resistance, and explorations of place-making.

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Images from Abroad: Lada Nakonechna at Galerie EIGEN + ART Ocula Insight Images from Abroad: Lada Nakonechna at Galerie EIGEN + ART Phoebe Blatton, Berlin

Images from abroad , Lada Nakonechna's solo exhibition at Galerie EIGEN + ART in Berlin, considers the barriers that exist between depictions of conflict and their viewers.

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Baku Art Guide

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Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Group Exhibition at Gazelli Art House, Baku
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Suad Garayeva Ocula Conversation Suad Garayeva Stephanie Bailey, Baku

Suad Garayeva is Curatorial Director of YARAT Contemporary Art Centre, overseeing YARAT’s permanent collection and temporary exhibition programme. Previously she worked as a curator and a specialist in Contemporary Art from Russia and the CIS at Sotheby's, London, curating the pioneering At the Crossroads exhibitions, which...

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FLIES BITE, IT’S GOING TO RAIN: VAJIKO CHACHKHIANI Related Press FLIES BITE, IT’S GOING TO RAIN: VAJIKO CHACHKHIANI 11 July 2019, Art Asia Pacific

Vajiko Chachkhiani is preoccupied with memory, the possibilities of reconciling past and present, and probing time as a cyclical loop. For his presentation at the 57th Venice Biennale's Georgia Pavilion, for example, he installed a wooden house, transplanted from the Georgian countryside, with an irrigation system fixed to the roof, creating the...

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Review: Aida Mahmudova's 'Passing By...' at Leila Heller Related Press Review: Aida Mahmudova's 'Passing By...' at Leila Heller 23 June 2015, ArtAsiaPacific

Painting one’s homeland, especially one like Azerbaijan, tucked away between the Caspian Sea and the Lesser Caucasus mountain range, can be tricky. Recreating the charm of the unfamiliar, and the lure of exoticism, often places undue expectations on artists. But Aida Mahmudova’s deeply emotive landscape paintings in “ Passing By...

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Contemporary Art in Baku Related Press Contemporary Art in Baku 13 June 2015, Art Radar

As the capital of Azerbaijan and the largest city in the Caucasus, Baku has much to offer due to its unusual mixture of cultures and traditions. Baku welcomes the 1st European Games on 12 June 2015 and its streets are simultaneously being transformed by the 3rd Public Art Festival organised by YARAT Contemporary Art Space. Art Radar looks into this...

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The Azerbaijani capital of Baku is home to a flourishing, culturally diverse art scene. With a rich and at times tumultuous history, the city at the heart of the former Soviet state is home to expanding historical and contemporary collections of Eastern and Western art in new institutions including the Baku Museum of Modern Art and the Heydar Aliyev Center, as well as smaller commercial galleries and non-profit institutions such as the YARAT Contemporary Art Space.

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On the western shores of the Caspian Sea, Baku possesses a unique cultural flavour drawn from a historical mosaic of distinct cultures, from the Islamic Shirvan Era (12th–14th centuries) to the Soviet Union (1920–1992). Revealing the city's evolutions, the architecture ranges from the 12th-century walls surrounding the Icheri Sheher (Inner City)—a UNESCO World Heritage site—to uniform Soviet-era buildings and the rapidly growing modern skyline of impressive contemporary skyscrapers, including the three iconic Flame Towers. Showcasing the richness of influences on the city's art and culture is the extensive historical fine art and applied art collection of the Azerbaijan National Art Museum. Similarly, the Azerbaijan Carpet Museum lays out past regional cultural traditions while revealing, through the inclusion of contemporary works, the ongoing diversity that fuels the city's art production.

Coming out of the collapse of Soviet rule uncertain of the future, and subsequently becoming financially prosperous, Baku has become a place to view art treasures as well as a unique range of local, regional, and international contemporary artists. Established in 2009, the Baku Museum of Modern Art boasts an extensive collection of Western modernists including Picasso, Chagall, and Dali, alongside the avantgarde of Azerbaijan. Refurbished cultural institutions like The Museum Centre and Art Gallery and new spaces such as the Zaha Hadid-designed Heydar Aliyev Center play host to exhibitions of contemporary artists from Azerbaijan, neighbouring regions, and across the globe.

Smaller independent galleries like Gazelli Art House and Q Gallery, and not-for-profits such as YARAT Contemporary Art Space further attract international artists while promoting artists from Azerbaijan and the Caucasus on the international art scene. Established in 2011, the non-profit YARAT (translated as 'create') has been particularly active, organizing exhibitions, education events, and festivals, and providing artist residencies. In addition to its own exhibition space in a converted naval industrial warehouse, YARAT runs the YAY Gallery, ARTIM (meaning 'progress'), and, since 2012, the Baku Public Art Festival, which brings the work of Azerbaijani artists to the city streets.

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