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58th Venice Biennale: May You Live In Interesting Times Ocula Report 58th Venice Biennale: May You Live In Interesting Times 24 May 2019 : Mohammad Salemy for Ocula

The 58th Venice Biennale, May You Live In Interesting Times (11 May–24 November 2019), certainly benefitted from low expectations, given the lacklustre curatorial of the previous edition, when different segments of the show were conceptually framed with titles like 'Pavilion of Joys and Fears' and 'Pavilion of Colours'. Add to this the...

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Zheng Bo Ocula Conversation Zheng Bo

Hong Kong-based artist Zheng Bo's social, ecological, and community-engaged art practice has, in recent years, focused on moving beyond a human-centred perspective to an all-inclusive, multi-species approach. He takes up marginalised plants and communities of people as subjects in his large-scale interventions, which reintroduce wildness into...

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Auckland Art Fair 2019: Conversations Extended Ocula Report Auckland Art Fair 2019: Conversations Extended 24 May 2019 : Sherry Paik for Ocula

The weather was clement for the annual Auckland Art Fair (2–5 May 2019), which was again at The Cloud on Queens Wharf. This year's edition was a get-together of 41 galleries, mostly from around Auckland and across New Zealand, with 5 spaces hailing from Sydney and the rest from Cook Islands (Bergman Gallery), Hobart (Michael Bugelli Gallery),...

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Joël Andrianomearisoa

b. 1977, Madagascar

Andrianomearisoa is always on the edges. He does not approach his work in a direct way, but places it at the edges of the desires of whomever discovers it. His work comes down to a question of posture. He listens to the pulses of life with more generosity than they are given, and finds a way to be present in the world dans le nu de la vie, in the nude of life.

Urban space is a primary interest as well. The noises, smells, images, lights and incessant movement that generate city life compose his universe without imprisoning him in a specific geographical space. His images take viewers to places even the artist does not expect to be. "I need to be surprised by images. The situation has to be completely staggered. I do not consider myself as a photographer ; I am someone who makes images" he says.

To compose a work, the artist needs a basic frame. Then the experiments begin, the manipulations that outline the project. 'The work arises from various manipulations that lead me to the final result. When I set up an installation, I do not imagine its finality. I know the elements that compose it, but in the intant I set them up I discover something else. And that is when the work makes sense,' Andrianomearisoa says. His poetic virtuosity lies in his capacity to seize this moment of signification, when nobody can tell beginning from end.

Virginie Andriamirado

Joël Andrianomearisoa was born in Antananarivo, Madagascar, in 1977. He lives and works between Antananarivo and Paris. Andrianomearisoa has participated in a number of group shows, including Africa Remix, Rencontres Africaine de la Photographie in Bamako, 2009; the Havana Biennale (2006); The progress of love, Menil Collection, Houston, 2012; and Divine Comedy, 2014 among others.

His solo shows include Bir Gece, a one-night performance and installation in Istanbul, 2004; Habillé - Deshabillé, a performance/video piece in Stockholm Moderna Museet and Saint-Brieuc, 2009; Sentimental at la Maison Revue Noire Paris, 2013.

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Featured Artworks

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Untitled I by Joël Andrianomearisoa contemporary artwork Joël AndrianomearisoaUntitled I, 2019 Textile and threads
50 x 40 cm
Sabrina Amrani Gallery
Labyrinth of the Present IV by Joël Andrianomearisoa contemporary artwork Joël AndrianomearisoaLabyrinth of the Present IV, 2019 Textile and threads
50 x 40 cm
Sabrina Amrani Gallery
Inventory of the present I by Joël Andrianomearisoa contemporary artwork Joël AndrianomearisoaInventory of the present I, 2019 Textile
40 x 30 cm
Sabrina Amrani Gallery
Icons of the present by Joël Andrianomearisoa contemporary artwork Joël AndrianomearisoaIcons of the present, 2019 Cotton rope, wood, printed textile, textiles, silk paper, metal lettering, flowers and found objects
360 x 12000 x 16000 cm
Sabrina Amrani Gallery
Cartography of Desire by Joël Andrianomearisoa contemporary artwork Joël AndrianomearisoaCartography of Desire, 2019 Bed line, silk paper and varnish
235 x 165 cm
Sabrina Amrani Gallery
Sentimental Negotiations Act XII by Joël Andrianomearisoa contemporary artwork Joël AndrianomearisoaSentimental Negotiations Act XII, 2012 Pocket mirrors and wood
170 x 310 cm
Sabrina Amrani Gallery
Tomorrow tomorrow by Joël Andrianomearisoa contemporary artwork Joël AndrianomearisoaTomorrow tomorrow, 2019 Textile, neon, empty space
360 x 1700 x 360 cm
Sabrina Amrani Gallery

Current & Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Joël Andrianomearisoa, Tomorrow, tomorrow. Those are words. You love flowers. How about tomorrow? at Sabrina Amrani Gallery, Madrid
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13 April–27 July 2019 Joël Andrianomearisoa Tomorrow, tomorrow. Those are words. You love flowers. How about tomorrow? Sabrina Amrani Gallery, Sallaberry, 52
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Ravelled Threads at Sean Kelly, New York
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22 June–3 August 2018 Group Exhibition Ravelled Threads Sean Kelly, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Joël Andrianomearisoa, Les saisons de mon coeur at Sabrina Amrani Gallery, Madrid
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14 September–25 November 2017 Joël Andrianomearisoa Les saisons de mon coeur Sabrina Amrani Gallery, Madera, 23

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