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‘An Opera for Animals’ at Rockbund Art Museum Ocula Report ‘An Opera for Animals’ at Rockbund Art Museum 19 Jul 2019 : Penny Liu for Ocula

An Opera for Animals was first staged at Para Site in Hong Kong between 23 March and 2 June 2019, with works by over 48 artists and collectives that use opera as a metaphor for modes of contemporary, cross-disciplinary art-making. The exhibition's second iteration takes up a large portion of the Rockbund Art Museum (RAM) in Shanghai (22 June–25...

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Takashi Murakami and Tobias Berger Talk Murakami Ocula Conversation
In Collaboration with Tai Kwun Contemporary
Takashi Murakami and Tobias Berger Talk Murakami

For three months from 1 June to 1 September 2019, Tai Kwun Contemporary in Hong Kong showcases MURAKAMI vs MURAKAMI, a major survey exhibition of the Japanese artist Takashi Murakami. Curated by Tobias Berger, head of art at Tai Kwun, and Gunnar B Kvaran, director of Astrup Fearnley Museet, Oslo, the exhibition spans the three floors of Tai Kwun's...

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Get Up, Stand Up Now: Generations of Black Creative Pioneers at Somerset House Ocula Report Get Up, Stand Up Now: Generations of Black Creative Pioneers at Somerset House 5 Jul 2019 : Jareh Das for Ocula

Get Up Stand Up Now: Generations of Black Creative Pioneers at Somerset House in London (12 June–15 September 2019) surveys more than half a century of black creativity in Britain and beyond across the fields of art, film, photography, music, design, fashion, and literature.Curated by Zak Ové, works by approximately 100 intergenerational black...

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Annie Aitken

United Kingdom

The process of making art for Annie Aitken is one of discovery. Working to create what she calls “three dimensional drawings”, this work is first and foremost an expression of the joy of creation – of seeing the way in which disparate elements brought together can make something new.

Aitken is a self-confessed bower-bird and aficionado of reverse garbage depots, who works instinctively in response to found materials and the possibilities they suggest. Through a kind of alchemy, salvaged and reclaimed threads are untangled, unwound and woven into new contexts to reveal their latent aesthetic potential.

Such work speaks of the way in which the material world, although seemingly neutral and inert, still communicates directly with our senses.  In the hands of this artist, these delicate constructions of fine threads seem naturally to assume the forms of fragile containers that hold traceries of the past for our nostalgic contemplation. 

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