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Sharjah Biennial 14: Leaving the Echo Chamber Ocula Report Sharjah Biennial 14: Leaving the Echo Chamber 15 Mar 2019 : Stephanie Bailey for Ocula

In Meiro Koizumi's three-channel video installation, The Angels of Testimony (2019), the central frame features an interview with Hajime Kondo about his time as a solider of the Imperial Japanese Army during the Second Sino-Japanese War. The conversation centres on war crimes perpetrated in China, including the beheading of Chinese prisoners for...

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Diana Campbell Betancourt Ocula Conversation Diana Campbell Betancourt

Diana Campbell Betancourt is a curator working predominantly across South and Southeast Asia. Since 2013 she has been the founding artistic director of the Samdani Art Foundation and chief curator of the Dhaka Art Summit in Dhaka, Bangladesh, a transnational art event that has grown in size and scale ever since its first edition in 2012. Backed by...

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Chinternet Ugly at Manchester’s Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art Ocula Report Chinternet Ugly at Manchester’s Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art 7 Mar 2019 : Mike Pinnington for Ocula

China, home to 802 million internet users, is subject to sophisticated online censorship. This shrouded state of affairs, unsurprisingly perhaps, serves to reinforce stereotypes around conformity elsewhere. Any realm, digital or otherwise, subject to such strict scrutiny must necessarily be bland and uncritical, right? I was mulling over such...

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Artist profiles on Ocula are an invaluable research tool to discover and learn more about the world's leading contemporary artists and their diverse art practices. These profiles are a pathway to explore artworks, exhibitions and content published about each artist on Ocula. While previously estern art history was the most well publicised version of the history of fine art, today many histories are recognised and many countries now have modern and contemporary artists who are internationally acknowledged by an increasing global audience for contemporary art. In Asia, the post-war period saw abstract artists such as Zao Wou-ki and Lee Ufan at the forefront of art movements that continued to challenge and reinterpret traditional art styles. During the period of liberalisation in China in the 1980s and 90s there emerged a group of Chinese 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 rose to prominence for their challenging and innovative styles. 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 artistic movement that also embodied the sensibilities of traditional Korean art. The artists that came out of that movement are sought after today and include Park Seo-Bo and Chung Sang-Hwa. More recent Korean artists of note include Suh Do-Ho, Haegue Yang, Lee Bul, 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. With the global trend of art fairs around the globe, even more artists from different corners of the world are being recognised, with Art Basel in Hong Kong drawing attention to Hong Kong artists, and Sydney Contemporary drawing attention to Australian artists for example. Major art events, such as the Busan Biennale or Gwangju Biennale also mean that people from around the world are traveling to a diverse range of art centres to discover more about the world's art. Social media, artist websites and online platforms like Ocula, are allowing collectors and other art enthusiasts to follow and engage with an artist from anywhere around the world. In these pages you will find information about a range of artists from famous abstract artists, Modern masters, Pop artists, artists using kitsch, post-internet artists, top female artists, artists inspired by impressionism, watercolour artists, abstract expressionist artists, photography artists, painting artists, drawing artists and conceptual artists.

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