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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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Contemporary art exhibition, Zeynep Kayan, Temporary Sameness at Zilberman Gallery, Istanbul
16 February–4 May 2019 Zeynep Kayan Temporary Sameness Zilberman Gallery, Istanbul
Contemporary art exhibition, Selçuk Artut, A Highlight of 'Habituation' at Zilberman Gallery, Istanbul
16 February–4 May 2019 Selçuk Artut A Highlight of 'Habituation' Zilberman Gallery, Project Space, Istanbul

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Contemporary Istanbul: Open for business Ocula Report Contemporary Istanbul: Open for business 29 Sep 2018 : Stephanie Bailey for Ocula

On the surface, it's business as usual on the streets of Istanbul, not to mention the halls of the city's art fair, Contemporary Istanbul (CI)—despite the massive depreciation of Turkey's Lira in 2018, which has seen its value against the US dollar drop nearly 40 percent.1 The currency crash has been blamed on US sanctions, tariffs on Turkish...

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A Pinch with Salt: A Report from the 14th Istanbul Biennial Ocula Report A Pinch with Salt: A Report from the 14th Istanbul Biennial 22 Sep 2015 : Stephanie Bailey for Ocula

My first impression of the 14th Istanbul Biennial, Saltwater: A Theory of Thought Forms, was that its curator (or 'drafter'), Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev (CCB), must dislike her audience. If this is indeed the case, it would be a terrible shame for the Istanbul Biennial and its visitors, but worse still for its artists, all of whom thankfully have...

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Mad Times: A Report from ArtInternational 2015 Ocula Report Mad Times: A Report from ArtInternational 2015 18 Sep 2015 : Stephanie Bailey for Ocula

According to a report by The Art Newspaper, this year's edition of ArtInternational (which opened in Istanbul on 05 September) opened one day later and ran one day shorter because of sustained pressure from the 14th Istanbul Biennial curator, Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev. It was reported that Bakargiev had made "no secret of her...

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Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev Ocula Conversation Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev Curator, Author and Researcher, Istanbul

In this Ocula Conversation, curator, author and researcher Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev talks about the 14th Istanbul Biennial: SALTWATER: A Theory of Thought Forms (5 September-1 November 2015). This conversation considers the title of the Biennial, and the themes being addressed, and for what purposes. Christov-Bakargiev describes some of...

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Sevda Elgiz Ocula Conversation Sevda Elgiz Co-founder, Elgiz Museum of Contemporary Art, Istanbul

In 2001, Sevda and Can Elgiz founded the Istanbul Contemporary Art Museum. Their mission was to support emerging artists by providing them with a space to show experimental art. As new art institutions opened in the wake of their initiative, the Elgiz' decided their personal collection was vast enough to justify converting the space into a private...

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Jannis Kounellis Ocula Conversation Jannis Kounellis Artist, Greece & Italy

Born in Greece, but living in Italy since 1956, Kounellis has been a major figure in contemporary art for over fifty years. The artist is often referred to as one of the forefathers of the Arte Povera movement – a movement that arose in the 1960s and played a central role in redefining artistic practice with radical and highly original...

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Dyala Nusseibeh Ocula Conversation Dyala Nusseibeh Fair Director, ArtInternational, Istanbul

Dyala Nusseibeh is the fair director of Istanbul’s new international contemporary art fair, ArtInternational.  Despite opening in a country recently wracked by protest, and notwithstanding litigation and a subsequent last minute change of name, the fair had a successful debut. Running from 16 to 18 September 2013, ArtInternational...

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And So, Frieze: A Report From Frieze London Ocula Report And So, Frieze: A Report From Frieze London 23 Oct 2013 : Stephanie Bailey for Ocula

It was all about change at Frieze London this year. There was more space – everyone made note of that, a result of the fair’s decision to reduce the number of exhibiting galleries to 153 in 2013 – some 25 less than in 2012.  And in terms of works, things were notably less bling than in previous years, though Gagosian was...

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Picturing Ai Weiwei in Istanbul Related Press Picturing Ai Weiwei in Istanbul Hyperallergic : 5 January 2018

In an era where superstar Chinese artist Ai Weiwei feels ubiquitous, this past summer I experienced the full extent of that reality over the course of two months. After attending a New York preview for his new film about migrants, Human Flow (2017), I traveled to Israel to visit a major exhibition of his work at the Israel Museum in West Jerusalem,...

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The Istanbul Biennial Examines the Tricky Question of What Makes a “Good Neighbor” Related Press The Istanbul Biennial Examines the Tricky Question of What Makes a “Good Neighbor” Hyperallergic : 31 October 2017

In the months leading up to the 15th edition of the Istanbul Biennial, posters — hung in windows alongside 'For Rent' signs and pasted next to broadsides advertising concerts began asking the city's residents some very personal questions:Is a good neighbor someone you rarely see? Is a good neighbor richer or poorer than you? Is a good...

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In Conversation With Elmgreem & Dragset Related Press In Conversation With Elmgreem & Dragset Bazaar : 15 September 2017

The Danish-Norwegian artist duo have been challenging notions of power through their multidisciplinary work since they first emerged in 1995. They've now taken on the curation of this year's Istanbul Biennial. Maria Marques speaks to them in Istanbul.In the winter of 2012, an unusual figure joined the austere statues in London's Trafalgar Square....

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Elmgreen & Dragset reveal details of the Istanbul Biennial Related Press Elmgreen & Dragset reveal details of the Istanbul Biennial The Art Newspaper : 16 June 2017

The high-profile Scandinavian artist duo Elmgreen & Dragset, who took part in Art Basel's Conversation programme earlier this week, revealed to us more details of the 15th Istanbul Biennial, which they are organising. The exhibition will feature 30 new commissions and works by ten Turkish artists out of a total of 57. A full list of artists...

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Contemporary Istanbul raided by Islamist group Related Press Contemporary Istanbul raided by Islamist group ArtAsiaPacific : 4 November 2016

On the evening of November 3, the 11th edition of the Contemporary Istanbul art fair at the Istanbul Convention and Exhibition Center was stormed by an Islamist group angered by the depiction of the last Ottoman sultan, Abdulhamid II, in an artwork by Ali Elmacı at the booth of Chilean gallery Isabel Croxatto. The group demanded the removal of the...

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Sharjah Biennial announces cross-national programming for thirteenth edition Related Press Sharjah Biennial announces cross-national programming for thirteenth edition Artforum : 16 October 2016

To be curated by Christine Tohmé, the thirteenth edition of the Sharjah Biennial will span five cities—Beirut, Dakar, Istanbul, Ramallah, and Sharjah—for a year of programming.

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Art and instability in Istanbul Related Press Art and instability in Istanbul Apollo Magazine : 27 June 2016

Anyone who witnessed Istanbul’s rise as a cosmopolitan hub over the past decade will notice the stark change that has come over it this year. Three suicide bomb attacks in the past six months have cast a pall over the city, as well as striking a blow to its already struggling contemporary art scene.Official statistics showed a 28 per cent...

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Fourth edition of Art International in Istanbul is postponed Related Press Fourth edition of Art International in Istanbul is postponed The Art Newspaper : 27 April 2016

The organisers of Art International, the Istanbul-based contemporary art fair, have decided to postpone this year’s edition, which was scheduled to take place this autumn (23-25 September) at the Haliç Congress Centre on the banks of the Golden Horn.“The fair is on hold until we can put together something all the stakeholders and...

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