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Bani Abidi: ‘What you see in my films is what I know’ Ocula Conversation Bani Abidi: ‘What you see in my films is what I know’

A group of voices accompanies me in the exhibition. They are singing words I cannot comprehend, yet the warm tunes are familiar: folk songs, love songs, songs of longing. There are letters, too. They speak of the quotidian details of a soldier's life: the hardness of the war, sending money to the family, and longing for familiar landscapes, food,...

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Aichi to Okayama: Art in Japan Looks to the Future Ocula Report Aichi to Okayama: Art in Japan Looks to the Future 11 Oct 2019 : Stephanie Bailey for Ocula

There has been a flurry of triennial and biennial art activity in Japan this year. The Aichi Triennale opened in Nagoya this August, sparking a national debate about the shutting down of a display of formerly censored works—the result of public backlash against a burnt image of Emperor Hirohito and a statue commemorating the women forced into...

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Mark Bradford’s Call for Unity at Shanghai’s Long Museum Ocula Insight | Video Mark Bradford’s Call for Unity at Shanghai’s Long Museum 16 August 2019

Mark Bradford walks through Mark Bradford: Los Angeles Mark Bradford: Los Angeles at the Long Museum West Bund in Shanghai (27 July–13 October 2019) is the artist's largest solo exhibition to date in China. In this video for Ocula, Bradford and Diana Nawi, curator of the show, walk through selected works that convey the artist's concerns with...

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Cheng Ran

b. 1981, China

Cheng’s oeuvre mostly consists of video and film, as well as photography and installation works. His video works are praised for its eclectic form in which films are integrated into the poetic culture of contemporary age. His works convey a young perspective on the unsolvable issues in life, such as problems regarding identity, and life and death, and the anguish felt by young Chinese people living through the globalized Chinese culture and cultural policy. They integrate elements of the performative, the visual from electronica and rock’n’roll music, and in a few cases, the aesthetics of Chinese ink painting into his cinematic language that is informed by late 20th century cinema.

Featured Artworks

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DD-MM-YYYY (No. 6 Body) by Cheng Ran contemporary artwork
Cheng RanDD-MM-YYYY (No. 6 Body), 2017 Single channel HD video, TV-set, TV rack, paint, ready-made object
Galerie Urs Meile
DD-MM-YYYY by Cheng Ran contemporary artwork
Cheng RanDD-MM-YYYY, 2017 Single channel HD video, TV-set, TV rack, paint, ready-made object
66 x 112 x 7 cm
Galerie Urs Meile
The Self-Portrait (Diary of a Madman - New York) by Cheng Ran contemporary artwork
Cheng RanThe Self-Portrait (Diary of a Madman - New York), 2016 Single channel HD video, colour/sound, 16:9 5'34''
Galerie Urs Meile
The Bridge (Diary of a Madman - New York) by Cheng Ran contemporary artwork
Cheng RanThe Bridge (Diary of a Madman - New York), 2016 Single channel HD video, colour/sound, 16:9 4'25''
Galerie Urs Meile
Secret Notes to Nan Goldin by Cheng Ran contemporary artwork
Cheng RanSecret Notes to Nan Goldin, 2013 Single channel HD video, color/ sound, 16:9 14'13''
Galerie Urs Meile
The Homing Pigeon by Cheng Ran contemporary artwork
Cheng RanThe Homing Pigeon, 2016 Single channel HD video, colour/sound, 16:9, 5'37"
Galerie Urs Meile
In Course of the Miraculous by Cheng Ran contemporary artwork
Cheng RanIn Course of the Miraculous, 2015 Wide-screen HD film, 5.1 surround sound 540'
Galerie Urs Meile

Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Cheng Ran, Diary of a Madman at Galerie Urs Meile, Beijing
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9 September–22 October 2017 Cheng Ran Diary of a Madman Galerie Urs Meile, Beijing
Contemporary art exhibition, Cheng Ran, Selected Films at Galerie Urs Meile, Lucerne
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17 February–9 April 2017 Cheng Ran Selected Films Galerie Urs Meile, Lucerne
Contemporary art exhibition, Cheng Ran, A Film in Progress at Galerie Urs Meile, Lucerne
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18 September–24 October 2015 Cheng Ran A Film in Progress Galerie Urs Meile, Lucerne

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In Ocula Magazine

Serge Tiroche Ocula Conversation Serge Tiroche Co-founder, the Tiroche DeLeon Collection

With an ultra slick website that enables easy navigation of its 400 plus artworks from many of the leading artists of today, the Tiroche DeLeon Collection is unique in its focus and ownership structure. Established in 2011 by Serge Tiroche and Russ DeLeon, the collection is focused on artworks by both recognised masters, and emerging talent from...

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Total Abstraction: A Report From Art Basel Miami Beach Ocula Report Total Abstraction: A Report From Art Basel Miami Beach 11 Dec 2013 : Stephanie Bailey for Ocula

General consensus? This years edition of Art Basel in Miami Beach was better than the last. Everything was “more” – more vibrancy, daring choices, and a more buoyant market. The Public program at Collin’s Park was a complete success, featuring performance pieces by artists including Ryan McNamara, Mungo Thomson and David...

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In Related Press

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Strange Days review – fishy kisses, naked prancing and ribald revenge Related Press Strange Days review – fishy kisses, naked prancing and ribald revenge The Guardian : 3 October 2018

Strange Days: Memories of the Future is overwhelming: complex, at times annoying and confusing, repetitive, uplifting and baffling. Like life, really. Films and videos by 21 artists are spread over three floors of the Store X on London's Strand.

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Cheng Ran “Diary of a Madman” Galerie Urs Meile, Beijing Related Press Cheng Ran “Diary of a Madman” Galerie Urs Meile, Beijing Mousse Magazine : 18 October 2017

Harry Darrell: Could you please introduce our readers to the concept and the works behind the exhibition Diary of a Madman held at Galerie Urs Meile?Cheng Ran: The video Diary of a Madman examines the concept of "unknown territory" and "elsewhere," which is the starting point of the three chapters of the video. At the start, I...

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'Diary of a Madman': Cheng Ran Related Press 'Diary of a Madman': Cheng Ran ArtAsiaPacific : 15 January 2017

In his first solo show in the United States, Cheng Ran has brought a sense of mysticism to the New Museum in New York City. The multi-video exhibit, which was mounted with the support of Hong Kong’s K11 Art Foundation, was shot and edited during a three-month residency at the museum, and spans across fifteen screens in its Lobby Gallery. In...

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New Museum and K11 Art Foundation partner for Chinese artist residency in New York Related Press New Museum and K11 Art Foundation partner for Chinese artist residency in New York ARTNews : 7 July 2016

The New Museum in New York and the Hong Kong–based K11 Art Foundation announced that they will be working together to establish a New York residency program for young emerging Chinese artists. The three-month program will conclude with an exhibition in the lobby gallery of the New Museum.The two institutions also named the first recipient...

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