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Hito Steyerl: How To Build a Sustainable Art World Ocula Conversation Hito Steyerl: How To Build a Sustainable Art World

'A Picture of War is Not War', we read in Hito Steyerl's iconic film November (2004), an essayistic Super 8 film tackling the definition of terrorism constructed around the figure of the artist's best friend Andrea Wolf, who was killed as a terrorist in 1998 in Eastern Anatolia after she joined the PKK (Kurdistan Workers' Party). Mixing documentary...

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Aichi to Okayama: Art in Japan Looks to the Future Ocula Report Aichi to Okayama: Art in Japan Looks to the Future 11 Oct 2019 : Stephanie Bailey for Ocula

There has been a flurry of triennial and biennial art activity in Japan this year. The Aichi Triennale opened in Nagoya this August, sparking a national debate about the shutting down of a display of formerly censored works—the result of public backlash against a burnt image of Emperor Hirohito and a statue commemorating the women forced into...

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Hans Hartung and Art Informel: Exhibition Walkthrough Ocula Insight | Video
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Hans Hartung and Art Informel: Exhibition Walkthrough 15 October 2019

Hans Hartung and Art Informel at Mazzoleni London (1 October 2019-18 January 2020) presents key works by the French-German painter while highlighting his connection with artists active in Paris during the 50s and 60s. In this video, writer and historian Alan Montgomery discusses Hartung's practice and its legacy.Born in Leipzig in 1904, Hans...

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Abdul-Rahman Abdullah

b. 1977, Australia

Abdul-Rahman Abdullah is an emerging West Australian artist working primarily in sculpture, installation and drawing. Abdullah's practice explores definitions and experiences of cultural identity, focusing on memory, narrative and the domestic environment to access esoteric social histories within an urban Australian environment. His work emerges from his Muslim heritage that is both seventh-generation Australian and Malay. Within these cultural parameters he explores a personal engagement with the migrant experience of his mother, the ongoing implications of his Australian father’s early conversion to Islam and "the mutable understanding of childhood values in the present tense." Abdullah's sculptural works often feature figures, animals and home furnishings which display his trademark meticulous and refined technical skills. He uses materials such as cast resin, timber and acrylic, augmented by found domestic objects including carpets, chandeliers and ceiling roses.

Featured Artworks

The Omen (II) by Abdul-Rahman Abdullah contemporary artwork
Abdul-Rahman AbdullahThe Omen (II), 2014 Hand carved jelutong, steel, charred oak
Variable dimensions
This Is No Fantasy dianne tanzer + nicola stein

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Nothing is what it used to be in the group show Just Not Australian. This is probably just as well, since the cultural artefacts that form much of the show's raw material are not always pretty. In works made over the last two decades, the 19 artists have used existing images, materials and meanings to reconstruct and critique Australian nationhood...

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