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Ocula ReportViewpoint: Arthur Jafa at Julia Stoschek Collection, Berlin17 May 2018 : Federica Bueti for Ocula{{document.location.href}}
Arthur Jafa is a brilliant filmmaker, cinematographer and artist, whose practice is concerned with identifying and developing a specifically Black visual aesthetic. His work tackles the complexity of African-American cultural identity, as defined by an existential paradox that places the Black subject 'in essential intimacy with death', as Saidiya...
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Ocula ConversationAnya GallaccioArtist, United Kingdom{{document.location.href}}
Anya Gallaccio's practice is characterised by the twin notions of control and transition and, in particular, how each can be implemented and represented. Her approach often involves setting in motion a process and then letting go. Her use of materials that innately decay, melt, rot and transform, speak to the mutability of material and place. The...
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Ocula ReportIn Focus: Seeking Sanyu11 May 2018 : Stephanie Bailey for Ocula{{document.location.href}}
Sanyu's Still Life of Flowering and Fruit Plant with a Green Ground, an oil on masonite panel dated between 1950 and 1965, presents a plant brimming with aspirations of wealth, or in the artist's case, memories of it. Painted against a rich olive backdrop, Chinese symbols of good fortune, from peaches to pomegranates, grow from branches amid green...
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Many countries now have contemporary artists who are internationally recognised by an increasing and global audience for contemporary art.In Asia, the post-war period saw artists such as Zao Wou-ki and Nam June Paik at the forefront of modernist movements that continued to challenge and reinterpret traditional Asian art styles. For example during the period of liberalisation in China in the 1980s and 90s there emerged a group of artists such as Ai WeiWei and Zhang Xiaogang who embodied the spirit of a new freedom of expression in contemporary art in China, freed from the aesthetic and narrative constraints of Socialist Realism. Similarly from India artists such as Anish Kapoor, Subodh Gupta and Jitish Kallat, brought a new and original expression of the Indian spirit into contemporary art. Japan has long had a thriving scene for contemporary art and artists such as Yoshitomo Nara, Yayoi Kusama, Takashi Murakami and Hiroshi Sugimoto are now highly sought after by collectors around the world. Similarly in Korea the abstract art movement of Dansaekwha in post-war Korea heralded an art movement that also embodied the sensibilities of traditional Korean art. The artists that came out of that movement are sought after today and include Lee Ufan, Park Seo-Bo and Chung Sang-Hwa. More recent Korean artists of note include Suh Do-Ho, Choi Jeong-Hwa and Ham Kyung-Ah. Their work is characterised by their individualism and exploration of identity and cultural values in the complex social landscape of modern Korea.

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