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4th Kochi-Muziris Biennale: Possibilities for a Non-Alienated Life Ocula Report 4th Kochi-Muziris Biennale: Possibilities for a Non-Alienated Life 15 Feb 2019 : Natalie King for Ocula

'Poems are like sentences that have taken their clothes off.' Marlene Dumas' poetic and sensual refrain accompanies her figurative watercolours on view in Possibilities for a Non-Alienated Life, the fourth edition of the Kochi-Muziris Biennale (KMB) in the southern state of Kerala, India (12 December 2018–29 March 2019).Dumas' new series...

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Ellen Altfest Ocula Conversation Ellen Altfest

The paintings of Ellen Altfest are ethereal in their detail. Fields of minutiae come together as pulsating images; small brushstrokes of oil paint accumulate over a series of months to single out seemingly innocuous subjects, such as a hand resting atop patterned fabric (The Hand, 2011) or a deep green cactus reaching upwards from beneath a bed of...

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Colomboscope 2019: Cross Currents and Dissonance Ocula Report Colomboscope 2019: Cross Currents and Dissonance 8 Feb 2019 : Nada Raza for Ocula

On the rooftop of the former Rio Hotel complex in Colombo, it was hard to ignore the high-rise buildings, still under construction, blocking all but a sliver of what used to be an open view over Slave Island, once an island on Beira Lake that housed slaves in the 19th century, and now a downtown suburb. The hotel was set alight during the...

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Boedi Widjaja

b. 1975, Indonesia

Boedi Widjaja (b. 1975, Solo City, Indonesia) lives and works in Singapore. Trained as an architect, he started his career in graphic design, and turned to art in his thirties. His works often connect diverse conceptual references through his own lived experience of migration, culture and aesthetics; and investigate concerns regarding diaspora, hybridity, travel and isolation. The techniques, materials and tools of drawing have become a defining element of his artistic practice. This is expressed through a broad range of media, from architectural installations to text and 'live art', with an emphasis on process and bodily engagement.

The artist's solo exhibitions include: Black—Hut, Institute of Contemporary Art Singapore, Singapore (2016); Path. 6, Unpacking my Library 。书城, Esplanade, Singapore (2014); and Sungai, Sejarah 河流, 历史, 源, YRAC S-Base, Singapore (2012). He has also shown in numerous exhibitions internationally, including: Asia Pacific Triennial 9, QAGOMA, Australia (2018); MAP1: Waterways, Diaspora Pavilion, 57th Venice Biennale, Italy (2017); Jerusalem Biennale: Watershed, Hamachtarot Museum, Israel (2017); Yinchuan Biennale: For An Image, Faster than Light, Museum of Contemporary Art Yinchuan, China (2016); From east to the Barbican, Barbican Centre, U.K. (2015); ArtJog 8: Infinity In Flux, Taman Budaya Yogyakarta, Indonesia (2015); and Bains Numériques #7, Enghien-les-Bains, France (2012). Recent accolades include: Top 10 Winner, FID Prize (2017); Finalist, Sovereign Asian Art Prize (2015); ArtReview Asia FutureGreats (2014); Grand Prize (Sound Arts; with David Letellier), Bains Numeriques, France (2012); and First Prize, Land Transport Authority Beauty World Station (2012).

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Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Boedi Widjaja, Rivers and lakes Tanah dan air 江湖水土 at ShanghART, Singapore
8 December 2018–17 February 2019 Boedi Widjaja Rivers and lakes Tanah dan air 江湖水土 ShanghART, Singapore

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Singapore Art Week Related Press Singapore Art Week art agenda : 23 February 2018

Developed by the Singapore government in 2013 in an attempt to create hype around the fair Art Stage Singapore, Singapore Art Week (SAW) is a loose collection of events organized by museums, art spaces, and cultural producers. This year’s edition featured a series of festivals that turned the Civic District’s museums into glowing canvases for art...

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'The world precedes the eye' at Institute of Contemporary Arts Singapore Related Press 'The world precedes the eye' at Institute of Contemporary Arts Singapore Art Radar Journal : 8 December 2016

Whereas the title An Atlas of Mirrors might bring to mind some sort of sleight of hand, the Singapore Biennale 2016 affiliate project The world precedes the eye at ICA Singapore seems, straightforwardly, to put forth the commonsensical notion that what we perceive is prior to our perceptions, having an existence which precedes our biases and...

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