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4th Kochi-Muziris Biennale: Possibilities for a Non-Alienated Life Ocula Report 4th Kochi-Muziris Biennale: Possibilities for a Non-Alienated Life 15 Feb 2019 : Natalie King for Ocula

'Poems are like sentences that have taken their clothes off.' Marlene Dumas' poetic and sensual refrain accompanies her figurative watercolours on view in Possibilities for a Non-Alienated Life, the fourth edition of the Kochi-Muziris Biennale (KMB) in the southern state of Kerala, India (12 December 2018–29 March 2019).Dumas' new series...

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Ellen Altfest Ocula Conversation Ellen Altfest

The paintings of Ellen Altfest are ethereal in their detail. Fields of minutiae come together as pulsating images; small brushstrokes of oil paint accumulate over a series of months to single out seemingly innocuous subjects, such as a hand resting atop patterned fabric (The Hand, 2011) or a deep green cactus reaching upwards from beneath a bed of...

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Colomboscope 2019: Cross Currents and Dissonance Ocula Report Colomboscope 2019: Cross Currents and Dissonance 8 Feb 2019 : Nada Raza for Ocula

On the rooftop of the former Rio Hotel complex in Colombo, it was hard to ignore the high-rise buildings, still under construction, blocking all but a sliver of what used to be an open view over Slave Island, once an island on Beira Lake that housed slaves in the 19th century, and now a downtown suburb. The hotel was set alight during the...

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Natalie King And Youngmi Park Ocula Conversation Natalie King And Youngmi Park Co-Curators, 'Episodes: Australian Photography Now', Dong Gang International Photo Festival

Now in its 13th edition, the Dong Gang International Photo Festival takes place in the city of Yeongwol, about 3 hours drive east of Seoul. Since 2009, guest curators from different countries have been invited to curate an exhibition for the Festival, including France, Germany, USA, Japan and UK. This year the invitation was extended to...

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Thai artist Kamin Lertchaiprasert on the BKK metro Related Press Thai artist Kamin Lertchaiprasert on the BKK metro Art Radar : 11 September 2017

Lertchaiprasert was first approached about this project in December 2016 by Pranitan "Pete" Phornprapha, co-founder of Thai arts, music and environmental festival Wonderfruit. Lertchaiprasert and Phornprapha developed the idea of creating a moving art installation that would reach the Thai community in an accessible, free and easy manner....

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Trespassing in the World's Most Remote Landscapes with Sebastião Salgado, Far-Flung Photographer Related Press Trespassing in the World's Most Remote Landscapes with Sebastião Salgado, Far-Flung Photographer W Magazine : 6 February 2017

The Brazilian photographer Sebastião Salgado has traveled to well over 100 countries over the last three decades, immersing himself in far-flung communities for weeks at a time. His trademark black-and-white photograph series have documented everything from the lives of manual laborers across the globe (India's irrigation canals, Poland's...

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Critic's guide: Southeast Asia Related Press Critic's guide: Southeast Asia Frieze : 2 September 2016

Founded this year by art historian and curator Nathalie Johnston, Myanm/art is the most recent addition to a steady history of Yangon organizations that aim to shape and record the practices of artists typically beleaguered by the oppressive and unpredictable politics of their country. In Being 365, a series of 365 photographic portraits, one taken...

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'Fear': new works by Thai artist Manit Sriwanichpoom at Yavuz Gallery, Singapore Related Press 'Fear': new works by Thai artist Manit Sriwanichpoom at Yavuz Gallery, Singapore Art Radar Journal : 17 August 2016

Showing concurrently in Singapore and Bangkok, the artist’s new show Fear exhibits selected pieces from ten new photography series, alongside two video works. It is inspired by transfers of power, protests, restrictions on freedoms to critique the monarchy and Sriwanichpoom’s own concerns for the future of his country.

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Ralph Kiggel Revealing the Sacred Shapes at Thavibu Gallery Related Press Ralph Kiggel Revealing the Sacred Shapes at Thavibu Gallery Widewalls : 25 July 2015

New works of woodblock prints and standing forms by the British artist Ralph Kiggell, are soon to be presented in Thavibu gallery. The exhibition is named Sacred Shapes, and with no double meaning, it features a reinterpretation of common decorative elements and forms from Britain and Thailand. This is a continuation of series of Kiggell’s...

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Our Existence in Grains Related Press Our Existence in Grains The National : 8 July 2015

Growing up in rural Myaungmya in Myanmar's Ayeyarwady region, Aung Kyaw Htet has always been surrounded by rice fields and pagodas. A devout Buddhist who is best known for his portraits of monks and nuns, he is presenting paintings of rice-planting and Buddhists offering rice to the monks in his new solo show Rice is Life now showing at Thavibu...

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Two new museums set to boost contemporary art in Thailand Related Press Two new museums set to boost contemporary art in Thailand Asia Correspondent : 4 June 2015

Lotuses and Buddha images usually spring to mind when Thai art is mentioned. And although such visuals still remain intact in the country, there are much more to Thai contemporary art. While Thai artists such as Rirkrit Tiravanija, Araya Rasdjarmrearnsook and Korakrit Arunanondchai have made their names in the global art world, very few Thais know...

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A life in art Related Press A life in art Bangkok Post : 18 May 2015

Navin Rawanchaikul is his own muse. Over the past two decades as an artist under his studio Navin Production, he had looked outward towards his community, his city, only to turn inward towards his family, towards his personal history."Dearest Mom," he wrote in September 2014. "I have been thinking of an exhibition at the O.K....

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