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Havana Biennial 2019: Constructing the Possible Ocula Report Havana Biennial 2019: Constructing the Possible 17 Apr 2019 : Federica Bueti for Ocula

I first visited Havana in November 2016, a few days after Fidel Castro died, and just under a year before Hurricane Irma hit Cuba in September 2017. Since then, much has changed, including the hand-painted signs that punctuate the journey from the airport to the city centre, which today do not celebrate the revolution so much as the 'Unidad y...

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Andrew Stahl and Guo Xiaohui Ocula Conversation Andrew Stahl and Guo Xiaohui

The exhibition Beyond Boundaries at Somerset House in London (12 March–2 April 2019) marked the historic contributions of the Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing (CAFA) and the Slade School of Fine Art, University College London, on the occasion of their 100th and 150th anniversaries, respectively. Spread across several rooms of Somerset House's...

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The National 2019: New Australian Art Ocula Report The National 2019: New Australian Art 13 Apr 2019 : Elyse Goldfinch for Ocula

The National 2019: New Australian Art features work by 70 contemporary Australia-based artists split across three venues: the Art Gallery of New South Wales (AGNSW), Carriageworks, and the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA) (29 March–21 July 2019), as curated by Isobel Parker Philip, curator of photographs at AGNSW; Daniel Mudie Cunningham,...

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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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About Bangkok

True to its reputation as one of the world's most visited cities, Bangkok has much to offer all around: food, nightlife, shopping, and art. On the way into the city from Dong Muang International Airport, you might drop in at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA Bangkok) for a comprehensive view of traditional and contemporary art emanating from Thailand. Based on the tremendous collection of businessman Boonchai Bencharongkul, who gifted the works to the institution in 2012, the Museum boasts the works of Thai national treasures—among them Chitt Chongmangkong, Yangyong Olarachin, Waranun Chutchawantipakorn, and Decho Buranabanpot—and emerging talents in its spacious galleries. MOCA Bangkok is also noted for its Thai banknote collection, the most complete of its kind in the country.

At the heart of the city, the Bangkok Art and Culture Centre (BACC) is known for its acclaimed range of contemporary art in design, music, theatre, and film. Established in 2008 with the initiative to kindle passion and inspiration for art in local and international visitors alike, the BACC is known for its forward-thinking exhibitions, public events, and programmes. It is the host of the Young Thai Artist Award, the Mekong River Art Project, and the prestigious White Elephant Art Award; in 2018, the Centre was one of the 20 venues to participate in the inaugural Bangkok Art Biennale. A similarly leading presence in the social arena, the BACC is due to open the second (and largest to date) LGBTQ exhibition in Asia in November 2019.

Also located within the BACC is Thai Art Archives (TTA), the country's first independent non-profit research platform dedicated to Thai contemporary art. Co-founded by Patri Vienravi and Gregory Galligan in 2010, TTA collects accomplished Thai artists' sketches and studies, diaries, photography, and other primary materials, as well as secondary materials, for future access to the public.

In addition to the BACC, the venues of Bangkok Art Biennale 2018 encompassed the major landmarks throughout the city, notably the Peninsula Bangkok Hotel, O.P. Place, Siam Square One, and Siam Paragon. With 200 works by artists from 33 countries, highlights included Yayoi Kusama's famous hanging pumpkins with polka dots; Huang Yong Ping's mixed media installations; Yuki Kihara's video installations; and a range of Thai artists such as Wisut Ponnimit, known for his Mamuang cartoon illustrations. After a critical success, Bangkok Art Biennale is due to return in 2020.

From BACC, take the public BTS Skytrain to 100 Tonson Gallery, a leading contemporary art space that became the first Thai gallery to feature in Art Basel Switzerland in 2011. Its growing roster of artists include locals such as Araya Rasdjarmrearnsook, Chatchai Puipia, and Montri Toemsombat, with works of Yayoi Kusama, Andrew Stahl, and Louise Bourgeois among others, in its collection. From there, head over the Bangkok CityCity Gallery in the nearby Sathorn district, the city's commercial centre, for its diverse range of paintings, sculptures, installations, videos, and live performances.

For a more relaxed, informal but serious encounter with art, WTF Gallery and Café in Khet Watthana might just be the place for you. The brainchild of an art curator, a hotelier, and a photojournalist, WTF Gallery and Café is a three-storey hangout place with a cocktail bar and café on the first two floors and an exhibition space upstairs.

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