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Sharjah Biennial 14: Leaving the Echo Chamber Ocula Report Sharjah Biennial 14: Leaving the Echo Chamber 15 Mar 2019 : Stephanie Bailey for Ocula

In Meiro Koizumi's three-channel video installation, The Angels of Testimony (2019), the central frame features an interview with Hajime Kondo about his time as a solider of the Imperial Japanese Army during the Second Sino-Japanese War. The conversation centres on war crimes perpetrated in China, including the beheading of Chinese prisoners for...

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Diana Campbell Betancourt Ocula Conversation Diana Campbell Betancourt

Diana Campbell Betancourt is a curator working predominantly across South and Southeast Asia. Since 2013 she has been the founding artistic director of the Samdani Art Foundation and chief curator of the Dhaka Art Summit in Dhaka, Bangladesh, a transnational art event that has grown in size and scale ever since its first edition in 2012. Backed by...

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Chinternet Ugly at Manchester’s Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art Ocula Report Chinternet Ugly at Manchester’s Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art 7 Mar 2019 : Mike Pinnington for Ocula

China, home to 802 million internet users, is subject to sophisticated online censorship. This shrouded state of affairs, unsurprisingly perhaps, serves to reinforce stereotypes around conformity elsewhere. Any realm, digital or otherwise, subject to such strict scrutiny must necessarily be bland and uncritical, right? I was mulling over such...

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Apichatpong Weerasethakul Ocula Conversation Apichatpong Weerasethakul Filmmaker and Artist, Thailand

Apichatpong Weerasethakul is an artist and filmmaker born and based in Thailand. He first studied architecture at Khon Kaen University before completing an MA in film-making at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Despite exhibiting his film and videos internationally and participating in large exhibitions like the 55th Carnegie...

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Total Abstraction: A Report From Art Basel Miami Beach Ocula Report Total Abstraction: A Report From Art Basel Miami Beach 11 Dec 2013 : Stephanie Bailey for Ocula

General consensus? This years edition of Art Basel in Miami Beach was better than the last. Everything was “more” – more vibrancy, daring choices, and a more buoyant market. The Public program at Collin’s Park was a complete success, featuring performance pieces by artists including Ryan McNamara, Mungo Thomson and David...

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Rafael Lozano-Hemmer Ocula Conversation Rafael Lozano-Hemmer Artist, Montreal

Rafael Lozano-Hemmer creates and develops interactive installations that are at the intersection of architecture and performance art. His large-scale interactive installations have been commissioned for events such as the Millennium Celebrations in Mexico City (1999), the Cultural Capital of Europe in Rotterdam (2001), the UN World Summit...

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Daniel Roesler Ocula Conversation Daniel Roesler Director, Galeria Nara Roesler, São Paulo

Founded in Sao Paulo in 1989, Galeria Nara Roesler is one of the most established contemporary art galleries in Brazil. The gallery has played an important role in establishing a dialogue between Brazil and Latin America's historical artists and a generation of contemporary artists as well as introducing Brazilian artists to a wider...

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Secret spaces: Iñaki Bonillas' exhibition in the hidden nooks of Casa Luis Barragán Related Press Secret spaces: Iñaki Bonillas' exhibition in the hidden nooks of Casa Luis Barragán Wallpaper* : 30 June 2016

When Iñaki Bonillas was first invited to intervene on Mexico City’s Casa Luis Barragán by Hans Ulrich Obrist, as part of the Swiss curator’s acclaimed 2003 exhibition The Air is Blue, the Mexican artist was not allowed to alter the house in any way. So instead, Bonillas decided to hang a photo (on a pre-existing nail in Barragán’s...

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Mario García Torres at Museo Tamayo, Mexico City Related Press Mario García Torres at Museo Tamayo, Mexico City Artforum : 22 June 2016

Mario García Torres’s exhibition Caminar Juntos (Let’s Walk Together) is held at four different locations across Mexico City but all within the parameters of the artist’s Museo de Arte Sacramento, a 'museum without walls' in the state of Coahuila, Mexico, conceived by the artist between 2002 and 2004. Theoretically, all of...

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Art scene thrives on the edges in Mexico City Related Press Art scene thrives on the edges in Mexico City The New York Times : 22 March 2016

Walk down an alley behind a modest commercial building on a busy main road here and you could easily miss Bikini Wax, a hub of the city’s effervescent art scene. Bikini Wax, an artists’ collective in a three-bedroom house, smudges the line between public and private. Visiting artists are invited to engage the space as they create...

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Mirror maze: our reflections on Mexico City's Zona Maco art fair Related Press Mirror maze: our reflections on Mexico City's Zona Maco art fair Wallpaper : 10 February 2016

The preview of the 12th edition of the annual Zona Maco contemporary art fair kicked off yesterday at Mexico City's Centro Banamex convention centre with a host of eye-raising newcomers like Gagosian Gallery and Venus Over Manhattan (which made its debut with an elegant curation of Calder mobiles and stabiles); while heavy hitters like David...

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Zona Maco Fair Related Press Zona Maco Fair Blouin Artinfo : 4 February 2016

From a thriving international interest in Mexican modernism to murmurings within artist circles of its being “the next Berlin,” Mexico City, with the requisite affordable spaces, rich history, and edgy spirit, seems poised to step onto the global art stage.

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UBS Partners With Annie Leibovitz On Global Exhibition Tour Related Press UBS Partners With Annie Leibovitz On Global Exhibition Tour UBS : 20 August 2015

UBS announced today an international tour of newly commissioned photographs by world-renowned photographer Annie Leibovitz focusing on portraits of women. Launching in London in January 2016, the exhibition will travel to 10 global cities in 12 months. Host cities will include Tokyo, San Francisco, Hong Kong, Singapore, Mexico City, Istanbul,...

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In Mexico City, an Alternative Art Fair Builds a Community Related Press In Mexico City, an Alternative Art Fair Builds a Community Hyperallergic : 11 February 2015

As blue chip galleries courted international collectors at the city’s biggest art fair on the fringes of the tony neighborhood of Polanco, a smaller and more intimate fair opened on Thursday night across town. Now in its second year, the Material Art Fair featured 40 galleries and project spaces from the Americas and Europe. Founded by...

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One Of The Most Important Contemporary Mexican Artists Today Related Press One Of The Most Important Contemporary Mexican Artists Today Revista Nomada / 2 October 2014 : 2 October 2014

Rubén Ortiz Torres, is considered one of the most important Mexican artists of today; his various works including painting, photography, video, multimedia collages, and a number of commercial products ranging from baseball caps arranged pickup trucks that challenge traditional divisions between art object materialized and degraded curiosity of...

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