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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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Chen Zhou

b. 1987, China

Born in 1987 in Zhejiang province in China, Chen Zhou graduated from Media Art Lab Department in China Central Academy of Fine Arts in 2009. Since 2010, Chen Zhou has experimented with aesthetic languages in his video work. Through exaggerating and simplifying semiotic forms, these works attempt to dissociate, reassemble and reproduce various narrative structures that he explores. Chen Zhou describes his current stage of work with term ‘hedonism’ – the pursuit of pleasure or sensual self-indulgence. His works also convey Chen’s uncertainty of the aesthetic value in his work and the anxiety that comes with it. He now lives and works in Beijing.

Notable solo exhibitions include Talk (2009) at Platform China Contemporary Art Institute in Beijing, Hot Spots Project (2012) at SH Contemporary in Shanghai, and I’m not not not Chen Zhou (2013) at the Magician Space in Beijing, China. Chen has exhibited widely both in China and around the world, namely Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing (2013), Today Art Museum, Beijing (2012), Tang Contemporary Art Center, Beijing (2012), Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, Houston (2012), Centro Per L’arte Contemporanea, Prato (2012), Reina Sofia Museum, Madrid (2011) and Meulensteen, New York (2011).

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