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Havana Biennial 2019: Constructing the Possible Ocula Report Havana Biennial 2019: Constructing the Possible 17 Apr 2019 : Federica Bueti for Ocula

I first visited Havana in November 2016, a few days after Fidel Castro died, and just under a year before Hurricane Irma hit Cuba in September 2017. Since then, much has changed, including the hand-painted signs that punctuate the journey from the airport to the city centre, which today do not celebrate the revolution so much as the 'Unidad y...

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Andrew Stahl and Guo Xiaohui Ocula Conversation Andrew Stahl and Guo Xiaohui

The exhibition Beyond Boundaries at Somerset House in London (12 March–2 April 2019) marked the historic contributions of the Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing (CAFA) and the Slade School of Fine Art, University College London, on the occasion of their 100th and 150th anniversaries, respectively. Spread across several rooms of Somerset House's...

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The National 2019: New Australian Art Ocula Report The National 2019: New Australian Art 13 Apr 2019 : Elyse Goldfinch for Ocula

The National 2019: New Australian Art features work by 70 contemporary Australia-based artists split across three venues: the Art Gallery of New South Wales (AGNSW), Carriageworks, and the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA) (29 March–21 July 2019), as curated by Isobel Parker Philip, curator of photographs at AGNSW; Daniel Mudie Cunningham,...

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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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