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Taloi Havini: Reclaiming Space and History By Ruth McDougall, Sydney

Artist Taloi Havini and Ruth McDougall, curator of Pacific art at Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art, discuss Havini's first Australian solo exhibition, Reclamation .

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Sydney Biennale Connects Here with Everywhere Latest Ocula Report Sydney Biennale Connects Here with Everywhere By Soo-Min Shim, Sydney

'This year's Biennale of Sydney seems like a corrective,' writes Soo-Min Shim, 'prioritising autonomy in an international exhibition format that has all too often omitted or sidelined First Nations artists.'

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Hell is a Place on Earth: P·P·O·W Looks to History in Context of Covid-19 Ocula Insight Hell is a Place on Earth: P·P·O·W Looks to History in Context of Covid-19 By Stephanie Bailey, London

In the United States, parallels have been drawn between the HIV/AIDS crisis and what is unfolding with Covid-19. These connections feed into P·P·O·W's online exhibition, Hell is a Place on Earth. Heaven is a Place in Your Head .

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b. 1981, China

Cheng Ran Biography

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.

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Cheng Ran graduated from the China Academy of Art in Hangzhou and he continues to live and work in Hangzhou. Cheng has exhibited at many galleries and institutions in China and abroad, such as Moving Image in China: 1988-2011 (Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai, 2011), Farewell to Post-colonialism: The Third Guangzhou Triennial (Guangdong Art Museum, 2008), Immersion and Distance (Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, 2009), Yi Pai–Century Thinking (Today Art Museum, Beijing, 2009), The Tell-tale Heart (James Cohan Gallery Shanghai and New York, 2010 and 2011), In A Perfect World…(Meulensteen Gallery, New York, 2011), and Boy: A Contemporary Portrait (Leo Xu Projects, Shanghai, 2012). Cheng Ran has recently been awarded Best Video Artist of 2011 by the online art journal Randian.

Cheng Ran Featured Artworks

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DD-MM-YYYY (No. 6 Body) by Cheng Ran contemporary artwork
Cheng RanDD-MM-YYYY (No. 6 Body), 2017Single channel HD video, TV-set, TV rack, paint, ready-made object
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DD-MM-YYYY by Cheng Ran contemporary artwork
Cheng RanDD-MM-YYYY, 2017Single channel HD video, TV-set, TV rack, paint, ready-made object
66 x 112 x 7 cm
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The Self-Portrait (Diary of a Madman - New York) by Cheng Ran contemporary artwork
Cheng RanThe Self-Portrait (Diary of a Madman - New York), 2016Single channel HD video, colour/sound, 16:9 5'34''
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The Bridge (Diary of a Madman - New York) by Cheng Ran contemporary artwork
Cheng RanThe Bridge (Diary of a Madman - New York), 2016Single channel HD video, colour/sound, 16:9 4'25''
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Secret Notes to Nan Goldin by Cheng Ran contemporary artwork
Cheng RanSecret Notes to Nan Goldin, 2013Single channel HD video, color/ sound, 16:9 14'13''
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The Homing Pigeon by Cheng Ran contemporary artwork
Cheng RanThe Homing Pigeon, 2016Single channel HD video, colour/sound, 16:9, 5'37"
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Existence Without Air, Food, or Water by Cheng Ran contemporary artwork
Cheng RanExistence Without Air, Food, or Water, 2013Single-channel video, colour / sound, 16:9, 10" 45"
Variable dimensions
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Cheng Ran 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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Cheng Ran In Ocula Magazine

Serge Tiroche Ocula Conversation Serge Tiroche By Anna Dickie, Hong Kong

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 By Stephanie Bailey, Miami

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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Cheng Ran 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 3 October 2018, The Guardian

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 18 October 2017, Mousse Magazine

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...

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

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 7 July 2016, ARTNews

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...

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