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Sunjung Kim’s Real DMZ Project Interrogates the North and South Korea Divide Ocula Conversation Sunjung Kim’s Real DMZ Project Interrogates the North and South Korea Divide

Ongoing since 2012, the Real DMZ Project interrogates the demilitarised zone (DMZ) between North and South Korea through annual, research-based exhibitions that bring together the works of Korean and international artists. Sunjung Kim, the independent curator behind the project, conceived the idea of exploring the DMZ while curating Japanese artist...

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Frieze Week Lowdown: London Shows to See Ocula Report Frieze Week Lowdown: London Shows to See 20 Sep 2019 : Tessa Moldan for Ocula

London's galleries and museums are gearing up for a lively October, with Frieze London and Frieze Masters running between 3 and 6 October 2019 at Regent's Park, along with 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair, taking place across the same dates at Somerset House; and the tenth anniversary of the Sunday Art Fair, showcasing new and emerging artists...

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Mark Bradford’s Call for Unity at Shanghai’s Long Museum Ocula Insight | Video Mark Bradford’s Call for Unity at Shanghai’s Long Museum 16 August 2019

Mark Bradford walks through Mark Bradford: Los Angeles Mark Bradford: Los Angeles at the Long Museum West Bund in Shanghai (27 July–13 October 2019) is the artist's largest solo exhibition to date in China. In this video for Ocula, Bradford and Diana Nawi, curator of the show, walk through selected works that convey the artist's concerns with...

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Abdul Abdullah

b. 1986, Australia

Abdul Abdullah was born in Perth, Western Australia and he graduated in 2008 from Curtin University, Perth. As a Malay and Muslim artist he relates to the Aboriginal experience of a sense of otherness in a Western society. It is this part of his identity which provides the impetus for his work. Through his portraits, he has found a way to confront the politicisation of his mixed identity. 

In 2009 Abdul received the Highly Commended in the NYSPP at the National Portrait Gallery in Canberra and was named a Perth Rising Star by Insite Magazine. In 2010 Abdul was included in the inaugural Triple J list of 25 Under 25 + Smashin' It. In 2011 he was a recipient of Kickstart funding for the 2012 Next Wave Festival, was selected as a finalist in the 2011 Archibald prize and won the Blake Prize for Human Justice. His work is included in the collections of the National Gallery of Australia, the University of Western Australia, Murdoch University, The Islamic Museum of Australia and The Bendigo Art Gallery. Most recently his painting 'I wanted to paint him as a mountain' of artist and activist Richard Bell was selected as a finalist in the 2014 Archibald Prize

Featured Artworks

Superpredators by Abdul Abdullah contemporary artwork
Abdul AbdullahSuperpredators, 2019 Oil on linen
180 x 240 cm
Yavuz Gallery
May All Your Dreams Come True by Abdul Abdullah contemporary artwork
Abdul AbdullahMay All Your Dreams Come True, 2018 Oil on linen
240 x 180 cm
Yavuz Gallery
Love me true by Abdul Abdullah contemporary artwork
Abdul AbdullahLove me true, 2018 Oil on linen
120 x 120 cm
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Yavuz Gallery
Love me tender by Abdul Abdullah contemporary artwork
Abdul AbdullahLove me tender, 2018 Oil on linen
120 x 120 cm
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Yavuz Gallery
Call me by my name by Abdul Abdullah contemporary artwork
Abdul AbdullahCall me by my name, 2018 Installation consisting of manual embroideries made with the assistance of DGTMB Studios
150 x 120 cm
Yavuz Gallery
Mutual assurances by Abdul Abdullah contemporary artwork
Abdul AbdullahMutual assurances, 2017 Digital print
120 x 278 cm
Yavuz Gallery
Delegated risk management by Abdul Abdullah contemporary artwork
Abdul AbdullahDelegated risk management, 2017 Digital print
120 x 185 cm
Yavuz Gallery
Journey to the west, by Abdul Abdullah contemporary artwork
Abdul AbdullahJourney to the west,, 2017 digital print
120 x 208 cm
Yavuz Gallery

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Institutional critique in the 8th Asia Pacific Triennial Ocula Report Institutional critique in the 8th Asia Pacific Triennial 3 Dec 2015 : Tess Maunder for Ocula

Since the late 1980s the major concern for curatorial practice has been the rise of biennale culture; the impact this exhibition format has had upon both the production and reception of contemporary art internationally. Reflecting on this lineage and recent politics from within the Asia-Pacific region, it is apparent that exhibitions such as the...

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Aaron Seeto Ocula Conversation Aaron Seeto Curatorial Manager of Asian and Pacific Art, QAGOMA

This month the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) in Brisbane, Australia, plays host to the 8th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT8). Renowned as a platform for surveying the vast geographic expanse of Asian and Pacific contemporary art, the triennial continues to uphold a long-term commitment to the region....

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2018 Sydney Contemporary Art Fair: five artists to watch Related Press 2018 Sydney Contemporary Art Fair: five artists to watch The Australian Financial Review : 13 September 2018

The Sydney Contemporary Art Fair has gone from baby to behemoth in just three editions, generating $40 million in sales and attracting 75,000 local and international visitors since it launched (initially as a biennale) in 2013. "It's a tremendous shot in the arm for artists and galleries," says its director, Barry Keldoulis.

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What to see and expect from Sydney Contemporary 2018 Related Press What to see and expect from Sydney Contemporary 2018 Vogue : 28 August 2018

As Australia's leading art fair, Sydney Contemporary manages to make art critics into art lovers and the unanointed into worshippers, all within the space of three days.

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10 of the best finalists in the Archibald Prize Related Press 10 of the best finalists in the Archibald Prize The Business Insider : 29 May 2018

A portrait of Australian singer Jimmy Barnes by artist Jamie Preisz has won the 2018 Archibald Packing Room Prize and $1,500 today.The work is one of 58 paintings announced as finalists, chosen from 794 entries. Ten of these really stood out on first glance in terms of composition, colour and texture. Here are 10 of our favourites in the 2018...

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Sydney Contemporary: Barry Keldoulis' expert guide to buying art Related Press Sydney Contemporary: Barry Keldoulis' expert guide to buying art The Upsider : 25 August 2017

Barry Keldoulis is a rare breed of gallerist slash collector. With more than three decades experience in contemporary art, he has remained true to his mission of closing the gap between artist-run initiatives and larger commercial galleries that often dominate international criticism.

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